New Cairns Report: No Need for Dredging

‘Fight for the Reef’ today released a new report into the benefits and risks of cruise ships for the Cairns local economy that was originally commissioned to help understand if there was any need for further dredging in Trinity Inlet.

The report finds that dredging Cairns’ port for large cruise ships is not necessary to access the benefits for the local area and supports the welcome decision yesterday by the Queensland government not to fund further capital dredging.

The report “Economic Opportunities and Risks of Cruise Tourism in Cairns” prepared by James Cook University for the Australian Marine Conservation Society and WWF Australia assesses the economic benefits and risks of port expansion for the Cairns area.

Felicity Wishart, the AMCS Great Barrier Reef campaign director, said the report suggests dredging the port would not necessarily lead to any significant increase in revenue from cruise ship tourists.

Local businesses can realize the benefits of cruise ships without the need for dredging,” Ms Wishart said.

This report has found that whether a cruise ship docks in a port or anchors off shore and transfers passengers by smaller boats to land actually makes no difference to the number of people disembarking and coming to explore the local area.

“This means that dredging for bigger channels is not necessary for the Cairns’ tourism economy to access the benefits of the cruise ship industry,” concluded Wishart.

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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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