Fairway Completes Lyttelton Port Deepening Project

Image source: LPC

For the past 12 weeks, locals and visitors to Lyttelton Port had the opportunity to see one of the world’s largest dredges, the Fairway, travelling up and down the channel carrying out the port’s deepening project.

Lyttelton Port Company (LPC) announced yesterday that on the weekend she left Lyttelton bound for Singapore, as her role in the dredging project is complete.

The Fairway has lengthened the channel by approximately 2.5km, widened it by 20 meters and deepened it by up to two meters.

LPC Chief Executive, Peter Davie, said: “We know Canterbury freight volumes are forecast to double in the next 15 years, and container ships have doubled in size in the last ten years. We are thrilled the Channel Deepening Project is nearly complete and we are now able to accommodate larger vessels.”

The dredging project, alongside our current reclamation of Te Awaparahi Bay which is part of our long-term plan to move Container Terminal operations to the east away from the community, gives our customers confidence their growing cargo requirements will be met.

Peter Davie also added that a lot of hard work had gone into making the dredging project successful, paying tribute to the Fairway’s crew members and two captains – Captain Ton van Oosten and Captain Marco de Bruin.

The Fairway – owned by global operator Royal Boskalis – has 33 crew working six-week rotations to keep dredging the channel 24/7. She has dredged more than five million cubic meters of mud and silt off the sea floor.

With the Channel Deepening Project nearing completion, LPC will implement the most significant upgrade to navigation aids at the port in 35 years. The upgrade will ensure the Harbor’s navigation aids are up to a modern and international standard.


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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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