Concerns Grow Over Dredging and Dumping, Says AMCS (Australia)

The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) is concerned by media reports that the new Chief Executive of North Queensland Bulk Port Corporation does not recognize the serious risks posed to the Great Barrier Reef by dredging and dumping for the expansion of the Abbot Point coal terminal.

As the new head of a state-owned port authority, Mr Steve Lewis is responsible for environmental management and marine pollution, not only commercial considerations, according to AMCS Great Barrier Reef campaign director Felicity Wishart.

“One of the highest priorities for Mr Lewis as head of a ports corporation that’s allowed to operate alongside one of the greatest natural wonders of the world must be ensuring the Reef remains safe,” Ms Wishart said today.

“There are community expectations about the protection of the Great Barrier Reef and legitimate scientific questions about the proposed dredging and dumping taking place in the Reef’s waters.

“The immediate dismissal of these concerns, and claims that the risks from dredging and dumping are low and short term, fly in the face of the views of hundreds of coral reef scientists and new scientific studies.

“In recent months, new scientific studies have revealed that dredging can more than double the incidence of coral disease and that coal dust is causing toxicity in inshore areas around ports.

“There are also unanswered questions about the true impact of previous dredging operations at Hay Point undertaken by the port authority where monitoring of corals only occurred for 6 months.

“The authority is yet to announce the final location for the planned dumping of 3 million cubic metres of dredge spoil from Abbot Point, and we await the outcome of current legal actions challenging the planned dumping and dredging.

The new Chief Executive of NQBPC needs to take seriously these scientific and community concerns about the development of Abbot Point and future port activity,” Ms Wishart concluded.

Press Release, August 6, 2014

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3rd International Congress Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging

Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews (www.portnews.ru) holds a traditional annual Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging” in Moscow. 

The two-day Congress includes the 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies and the 3rd Technical Conference “Modern Solutions for Hydraulic Engineering”.

Infrastructure development is among the real sources of Russia’s economy growth. Construction of port facilities and new hydraulic engineering structures on the country’s inland waterways constitute an essential part of all infrastructure projects. It is important to take into account the best international practices to implement these projects effectively.

The program of the Congress will be devoted to the latest technologies for dredging and hydraulic engineering works. Speakers and delegates will refer to real projects to discuss specifics features of dredging works, as well as dedicated fleet and equipment involved.

To learn more about event, please, contact the organizing committee: snitko@portnews.ru

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