Balder R Ready for Cairns Job

Image source: Michael Healy MP official facebook page

Dredging vessel Balder R, owned by the Danish company Rohde Nielsen, is getting ready to start work on the $127 million Cairns Shipping Development project.

Commenting the latest news, Member for Cairns, Michael Healy, said that the 111m-long German-built dredger would be tasked to open up Trinity Inlet for large cruise ships after a successful stint at dredging sand for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

“The Cairns Shipping Development is the key to unlocking a whole new tourism and jobs market for the Far North,” Mr Healy said.

“Already we’re seeing this project create 800 direct and indirect jobs during construction, and by 2031 it’ll mean more than 2,700 jobs for the region.”

The vessel will remove soft clays from the channel, which will then be delivered to a facility 3km offshore and pumped along an 8km pipeline to a dedicated site at the Northern Sands mine.

Dredging is expected to take 12 weeks and be complete mid-September, with second dredge Woomera scheduled to join the works in late July.

According to Mr Healy, the 65m Woomera will be used to remove the stiff clays from the channel.

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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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