Maintenance dredging underway at Sandringham Breakwater
Sandringham Yacht Club has just announced that maintenance dredging is being conducted at Sandringham Breakwater as part of Parks Victoria’s program to ensure safe boating access at key sites within the Port Phillip and Western Port.
The works are taking place around the northern tip of the breakwater and western entry vicinity of the SYC marina.
For the duration of the works, Birdon’s cutter suction dredge “BALLINA” will remove sand from the tip of the breakwater and transfer it to Hampton Beach. The dredged sand will be transported from the dredge to the beach via a pipeline.
“All boat owners will need to be wary of and traverse around floating pipelines. There will also be submerged pipelines while the dredge and support vessels are present in the harbour,” said SYC in the release.
The officials also added that the marina entry will remain open while dredging takes place along the breakwater. Entry to the marina may be temporarily restricted from time to time to ensure safe operation of the dredging equipment when working around and near the end of the breakwater.
The project is expected to take 2–3 weeks to complete, depending on weather.