Hay Point Maintenance Dredging Plan Gets OK

The North Queensland Bulk Ports (NQBP) was granted Commonwealth permits last week to conduct maintenance dredging at the Port of Hay Point following a thorough consultation and assessment process.

The 10-year permits, issued by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, carry conditions that protect the marine environment.

Maintenance dredging at the Port of Hay Point is critical for maintaining port infrastructure and involves relocating sediment which travels along the coast and accumulates over the years where the shipping operations occur, NQBP said.

The 10-year permit allows a total of up to 756,553 cubic metres of maintenance dredge material to be disposed within a previously approved dredge spoil disposal site located in the Marine Park, plus a further 200,000 metres contingency for sediments deposited by extreme weather events such as cyclones.

A small proportion of maintenance dredging is permitted within the Marine Park (up to 33,509 cubic meters).

According to the company’s latest announcement, NQBP’s assessment reports found the risks to sensitive marine environments as a result of the maintenance dredging were predominantly low.

The permits allow for the long-term, sustainable management of maintenance dredging at the port and will safeguard the efficient operations of one of Australia’s most critical trading ports.

The initial maintenance dredging program is proposed to begin in late March and will run for around 40 days.

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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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