Consent lodged for South Port deepening

New Zealand’s South Port lodged a Resource Consent Application with Environment Southland yesterday to deepen the entrance channel and harbour to 10.7 metres, reports What’s On Invers.

“Extensive consultation has been undertaken and we have completed a number of environmental assessments in preparation for lodging this consent,” said South Port Chairman, Rex Chapman.

The increased depth will be achieved by removing some higher areas that currently limit channel width and depth in the entrance channel,”

The benefits of removing the highpoints in the channel and increasing the current 9.7 metre operating draft would assist with improving safety margins for ship movements and provide greater capacity for vessels to take on additional cargo.

“This is a major project for the Port and will provide benefits to the region’s customers for years to come and aligns with the Company’s purpose to facilitate the best logistic solutions for the region,” he added.

“With uncertainty over the potential closure of New Zealand Aluminium Smelter (NZAS) by 2024, it is crucial now, more than ever, that the Port continues to look for opportunities to secure growth and its future,” said Chief Executive, Nigel Gear.

It is expected that the consent will be processed this calendar year and it is hoped that work can start within the next 24 months, What’s On Invers said.

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