Kopeopeo Canal Dredging Work Kicks Off

The sediment dredging operations – part of the Kopeopeo Canal Remediation Project – started earlier this week, according to the Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s latest update.

Acting Project Manager, Ken Tarboton, said that the milestone was significant for the team and for the wider community.

“This week the contractor started removing contaminated sediment from the main canal and moving it to a contained area where it can be kept safely and eventually remediated,” Mr Tarboton said.

This is a huge milestone – to finally start removing contaminated sediment from the canal after many years of hard work by a lot of people and leave such a positive legacy for future generations.

In stages, the project will remove, safely store and bioremediate up to 40,000m³ of sediment from the canal using cutter-suction dredge methodology. The canal was contaminated between the 1950s and late 1980s as a result of stormwater discharges from a former sawmill, which treated timber using pentachlorophenol (PCP).

The estimated cost of the project is $15.5 million and is equally funded by the Ministry for the Environment through the Contaminated Sites Remediation Fund (CSRF) and Bay of Plenty Regional Council.

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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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