All Set for Swansea Channel Dredging

Works to dredge a critical sand shoal in Swansea Channel will start in the first week of December to improve boating safety ahead of the Christmas holidays.

The $666,000 contract awarded by the NSW Government will reduce shoaling that had reformed in the navigation channel between the southern entrance to Swan Bay and the drop over into Lake Macquarie.

The dredge will demobilize before Christmas and return after the school holidays to remove sand from the shoal in the channel opposite the Pelican airstrip.

“The dredging is necessary to ensure the ongoing safety, utility and enjoyment of the Channel and its surroundings,” Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter and Central Coast, Scot MacDonald, said.

“Removing sand from the navigation channel between the southern entrance to Swan Bay and the drop over into Lake Macquarie will take about three weeks.”

“Following a competitive tendering process, the NSW Department of Industry – Lands awarded the contract, worth almost $666,000, to Sandpiper Dredging.”

While a large dredging project was completed successfully early last year, ongoing maintenance dredging of the Channel is necessary because of the dynamic nature of sand movement.

Following that project, some maintenance dredging was carried out before the 2015-16 summer boating season and again in June 2016.

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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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