The trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) Brisbane is in the Port of Gladstone area, getting ready to begin a maintenance dredging program, the Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) announced today.
GPC undertakes maintenance dredging to remove the build-up of sediment in navigational areas so that they can maintain depth in the shipping channels and ensure vessels can pass through safely and efficiently.
“There are strict controls in place and monitoring is conducted before, during and after any dredging activity to ensure we minimize any potential impacts on the environment,” said GPC.
The main purpose of their Long-term Maintenance Dredging Management Plan (LMDMP) is to address operational needs, environmental risks, monitoring and adaptive management actions specific to the Port of Gladstone whilst ensuring the ongoing sustainability of maintenance dredging within the port.
According to GPC, the maintenance dredging is expected to continue until mid-December.