MPW installing Geotubs along G/town sea defence

12th March, 2014

KINGSTON - The Ministry of Public Works will be installing a total of six geotextile tubes along the Kingston - Kitty sea defences to form a groyne field, an initiative under the 2014 Sea Defences Programme.

This project will contribute to beach stabilisation and the retention of sediment drifting in a westerly direction along the Kingston - Kitty foreshore. The works are currently being undertaken by the Sea and River Defence, Force Account Unit within the Works Services Group (WSG).

Geotextile tubes are used internationally as a cost-effective material alternative for coastal and marine projects.

The tubes are manufactured from geosynthetic based materials which are factory sewn to achieve the desired formation. Installation of the tubes is carried out by filling with sand or suitable dredged material.

For the groynes being installed at Kingston, white sand is being utilised as the fill material.