Planning is underway for Gladstone Ports Corporation’s (GPC) Clinton Vessel Interaction Project, which will investigate improvements to the safe passage of vessels through the Clinton Channel in front of GPC’s RG Tanna Coal Terminal wharf.
As a result of increased vessel traffic from Wiggins Island Coal Terminal (WICT), and in particular an increase in the number of cape size vessels passing RG Tanna wharf, there is a need to investigate long-term options to ensure the continued safe and efficient passage of vessels through the Clinton Channel.
Currently, due to the limited width of the channel, vessels are required to pass within approximately 80 meters of vessels berthed at the RG Tanna wharf.
As part of the investigation, a preliminary study involving geotechnical and geochemical analysis to determine the nature of soil materials in the Clinton Channel will be undertaken this month.
It is anticipated that geotechnical and geochemical sampling equipment including a large jack up barge will be mobilized from Monday 25 July 2016, with sampling to be undertaken for a period of approximately 11 days.
GPC’s Acting Chief Executive Officer, Michael Galt, confirmed that GPC is currently investigating various options including the management of vessel speed, a vacuum mooring system and potential channel development works to effectively manage vessel interactions in the Clinton Channel.
“Following a full investigation, should the approved option require dredging works to be carried out, a full approvals process would be undertaken in conjunction with the State and Commonwealth Governments,” Mr Galt said.
The detailed business case, including a recommended option, will be finalized later this year.