Dredging to Improve Crescent Island Area

In an initiative of the ‘Love our Lakes’ program, the Gippsland Lakes Environment Fund has provided funding for sand nourishment works at Crescent Island and Pelican Island to improve the habitat values for migratory birds such as the threatened Little Term and the Fairy Term.

The preliminary feasibility study included sediment sampling and modelling. The biodiversity requirements and environmental factors have been considered throughout this process and approvals were sought, and issued where required.

Gippsland Ports will use its cutter suction dredger Kalimna to undertake the sand shifting and biodiversity staff from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) will be responsible for ensuring the ecological requirements are addressed.

Works are scheduled to start at Crescent Island this month and to last about three months. Works at Pelican Island are scheduled for November 2015.

The Kalimna will be operating in Grange and Steamer Channels at Crescent Island and Pelican Island.

Gippsland Ports also received funding through the State Government’s Boating Safety and Facilities Program to go towards dredging to realign a section of Steamer Channel and to upgrade related safety navigation markers.

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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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