Bandy Creek Dredging Completed

Larger commercial fishing, charter industry and recreational vessels now have safe access to Bandy Creek Boat Harbor after the success of an innovative dredging method trialed at the Department of Transport (DoT) facility.

DoT Coastal Infrastructure General Manager, Steve Jenkins, said that the recent routine maintenance dredging operation, costing $1.1 million and undertaken every two years, had seen a total of 86,000 cubic meters of material removed from the harbor entrance, fairway and basin areas.

DoT contractor CGC Dredging modified its dredge vessel Cooper II specifically for the Bandy Creek dredging campaign which resulted in the second largest quantity of material dredged at the facility since its construction in 1983,” Mr Jenkins said.

The trial method involved the dredge using five anchors to greatly increase its ability to work through the persistent swell encountered in the critical but exposed harbor entrance area.

As a result, the harbor entrance mouth was successfully dredged to double the depth it was prior to the works, providing safe access for larger vessels and enhanced capacity by limiting problems with future siltation,” Mr Jenkins said.

Mr Jenkins said that the time and cost savings achieved in dredging in the harbor entrance areas made it possible to target some areas in the upper reaches of the harbor, including the commercial slipway, which had not been dredged for many years.

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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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