Port of Weipa dredging about to begin

North Queensland Bulk Ports (NQBP) CEO Nicolas Fertin said that the TSHD Brisbane is due to begin the Port of Weipa dredging work from late April.

“Maintenance dredging works are an integral part of port operations,” Mr Fertin said.

“In the same way we maintain roads and rail lines for freight transport, we need to look after our port infrastructure to keep trade flowing.

“Regular maintenance dredging ensures efficient, navigable shipping depths for our port users.

“It’s undertaken by port authorities around the world and is critical for maintaining port infrastructure.

“The works are expected to start in late April and take up to four weeks to complete.”

Member for Cook, Cynthia Lui, added that the Port of Weipa played an important role in the region’s economy.

“Weipa is the largest community on the Cape York Peninsula, and the port is a major drive of our economy – especially as we continue our recovery from COVID-19,” Ms Lui said.

“We’re building a better Peninsula Developmental Road, investing in more infrastructure across all our Cape communities and making sure our freight industries can continue safely navigate to the port.”

NQBP has managed the annual maintenance dredging program at the Port of Weipa for more than 30 years.

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