East Gippsland Shire Dredging Project Announced

East Gippsland Shire Council will begin trial dredging at Mallacoota Ocean Access Boat Ramp in early 2016.

The dredging is part of the shire’s operations and maintenance environmental management plan for the boat ramp.

Chris Waites, Director of Operations, said that the cutter suction dredge will be a key component of maintaining access to the boat ramp.

The dredging works will be in accordance with the environmental management plan endorsed by the Department of Land, Water and Planning as part of the Coastal Management Act consent for the facility,” Mr Waites said.

It was hoped that the trial dredging would take place prior to Christmas, but this has been delayed due to unfavorable weather. When we commence the trial in 2016, we anticipate there will be interruptions to boating activity during the dredging and a Notice to Mariners will be developed in consultation with Gippsland Ports.

The dredge spoil will be clean ocean sand only and will be disposed of along the beach to the west of the ramp for a distance of up to 300 meters. Access to this area of beach will be limited during dredging, particularly the area between the high and low tide marks.

Periods of dredging are not expected to extend beyond three days at a time. Observations of sand movement over the past 12 months indicate there will be a maximum of three to four dredging events each year.

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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.

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

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