North Queensland Bulk Ports (NQBP) has just announced that maintenance dredging at the Port of Weipa will start in the following days.
The dredge vessel ‘Brisbane’ will work within the port’s south channel and inner harbor between 24 June and 15 July 2016 inclusive.
NQBP Chief Executive Officer, Steve Lewis, said that the dredging works are an integral part of the port’s operations.
“NQBP manages the annual maintenance dredging program at the Port of Weipa, a program which has run for more than 30 years,” Mr Lewis said.
“Regular maintenance dredging is required to ensure that safe, navigable shipping depths are maintained for our port users such as Rio Tinto,” he added.
“While the maintenance dredging works are being completed we ask that local and visiting boaties take extra care when on the water during this time.”
“The ‘Brisbane’, as well as support vessels ‘Norfolk’ and ‘Pacific Conquest’, have restricted manoeuvring capability so we ask that boaties take note of the displayed warning flags and lights.”
Strict environmental controls and management measures will be implemented throughout the campaign to minimize the risk of any potential impacts on the marine environment.