About Us


The Partnership was formed by Anthony Bates in 1976 to fulfil the needs of clients who require assessment, or implementation of dredging works, or associated coastal engineering, but lack the necessary expertise and resources in house. Since then the Partnership has grown to become one of the leading European dredging consultancies. The Partnership specialises in all aspects of dredging works and has a long established and diverse client base, including:

  • Water authorities
  • Ports and harbour authorities
  • Consulting Engineers
  • Oil, Gas & Chemical Industry
  • Contractors
  • Law practices
  • Funding agencies
  • Fishing organisations
  • Canal operators
  • Marina operators

An industry leader in dredging engineering services, Anthony Bates Consultants is known for our dependability and responsiveness to client needs. Our commitment to providing timely, expert and economical solutions for our clients is the foundation of our success. Whilst more than 70% of workload is traditionally in the UK and Ireland, the remainder of projects have been completed overseas in more than 30 countries worldwide. The projects we have completed range from basic advice to contracts worth millions of pounds but in all cases we strive to ensure the client receives the best value for money.

The Partnership is based in an idyllic rural setting in the heart of Somerset, UK. The close proximity to the city of Bristol, Bristol International Airport and the M5 motorway means that there is easy access by air, rail and by road.

The Partnership has a long track record, extending over 37 years, of providing specialist assistance to clients around the world. Specialist advice, or support, is provided in connection with most types of dredging operation and the associated activities, including the following:

  • Feasibility studies
  • Budget pricing
  • Grant applications
  • Contract preparation
  • Obtaining licenses and consents
  • Identifying suitable contractors
  • Inviting & Analysing tenders
  • Supervision of contracts
  • Measurement of works
  • Monitoring of impacts and effects
  • Post contract analysis and report
  • Data returns to Regulators
In addition to the above we provide specification and supervision of field measurement surveys for:

  • Bathymetry
  • Currents
  • Geophysical investigations
  • Sediment suspension and dispersion studies
  • Water quality monitoring
  • Marine archaeology studies
  • Soil and rock properties.
  • Contamination
  • Fisheries
  • Magnetometer surveys
  • Sediment sampling and Analysis
In excess of 200 contracts, for maintenance or capital dredging, together with associated surveys and investigations, have been successfully completed under the direction of the Partnership.

UK and Ireland Project Locations


International Project Locations