Contaminated Sediment Management by Capping and Deep Water Confined Aquatic Disposal in the Harbor of Oslo

    Volume 6, Issue 6 (June 2009)

    ISSN: 1546-962X


    Published Online: 15 June 2009

    Page Count: 7

    Breedveld, Gijs D.
    Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, Oslo,

    Pettersen, Arne
    Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, Oslo,

    Oen, Amy M. P.
    Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, Oslo,

    Eek, Espen
    Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, Oslo,

    Cornelissen, Gerard
    Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, Oslo,

    Kibsgaard, Anne
    Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, Oslo,

    Hauge, Audun
    Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, Oslo,

    Jørgensen, Torild
    Oslo Port Authority, Oslo, Vippetangen

    Jensen, Kjetil Lønborg
    Oslo Port Authority, Oslo, Vippetangen

    (Received 8 October 2008; accepted 7 April 2009)


    Dredging has been prohibited in the harbor of Oslo in the past 15 years as a result of serious sediment contamination. Through a joint effort of the Oslo Harbor Authorities, the Norwegian Road Administration, and the Norwegian Pollution Control Authorities, a remediation plan for the redevelopment of the old harbor of Oslo has been implemented. The plan, which will be completed in 2009, includes dredging of the shallow parts of the harbor down to 15 m of water depth (approximately 450,000 m3), capping of the deeper parts of the harbor (1,000,000 m2), as well as construction of a deep water confined aquatic disposal facility for the dredged material at 70-m depth in the inner Oslofjord. To prevent uncontrolled contaminant transport, an on-line monitoring system is operated that consists of buoys with turbidity loggers and a water current velocity meter. Passive samplers are used for time-integrated sampling of organic contaminants. In addition, periodic sampling and analysis of water and suspended solid samples are carried out. To document the environmental benefit from the remediation, contaminant transport is quantified before, during, and after remediation using flux measurements based on in situ diffusion chambers. Monitoring results show that remobilization of contaminants has been very limited and do not exceed the amounts defined in the environmental permit from the pollution control authorities (environmental budget). Capping resulted in more than 90 % reduction in contaminant flux.

    Paper ID: JAI102182

    DOI: 10.1520/JAI102182

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    Title Contaminated Sediment Management by Capping and Deep Water Confined Aquatic Disposal in the Harbor of Oslo
    Symposium Fourth Symposium on Contaminated Sediments: Sustainable Management and Remediation, 2009-07-03
    Committee D18