Port of Broome Dredging Underway

The Port of Broome will be open to cruise ships around the clock in time for the start of the cruise ship season in mid-October, with dredging underway this week.

The $15.3 million channel optimization program will allow 24-hour access for cruise ships, which currently need to berth at irregular hours due to navigational hazards.

Dredging is expected to run for two weeks with minimal environmental impacts.

The dredging equipment this week completed the final stage of the Channel Risk and Optimization Project (CROP) at the Port of Port Hedland.

The CROP improves trade capacity by increasing channel depth and extending sailing windows, allowing port users to optimize tonnage on their vessels.

Coordination between Pilbara Ports Authority and Kimberley Ports Authority has reduced overall project costs for the Broome project, with the cutter suction dredge starting its journey in Port Hedland rather than from outside Australia.

Comments attributed to Ports Minister Alannah MacTiernan: “Broome is one of Western Australia’s top destinations, but challenging tidal conditions and the rock mass in the entry channel have made it difficult for cruise ships to access the port at all tides.”

Dredging will finish in time for the arrival of the first cruise ship in mid-October,” added MacTiernan. “As a bonus, the dredging equipment was sent to the Port of Broome directly after the completing work at Port Hedland, significantly reducing mobilization costs.”

The McGowan Government’s commitment to fix Broome Port prompted Carnival Australia to re-commit to homeporting the Sun Princess superliner in Fremantle for the 2019-20 cruise season.

The Sun Princess arrives in Fremantle on November 1 this year, carrying 2,000 guests and will homeport for a record 141 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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