The maintenance dredging operations are scheduled to begin on or about 15 January 2016 for all major berths and swing basins within port of Melbourne waters, according to the Victorian Regional Channels Authority (VRCA).
Short Road Wharf has been established as the base for all plant and all dredged material will be transferred to the northern Dredged Material Ground located in Port Phillip throughout the period of operation.
Works are scheduled to conclude on or about 30 May 2016, the VRCA reports.
The dredging works will be conducted on a 24 hours/7 days per week basis outside commercial shipping movements and be undertaken by the following equipment:
- Backhoe dredge Storken;
- Non propelled hopper barges BKA Discovery and Endeavour;
- Tug Kythira;
- Crew vessel;
- Sweep tug.