Australia’s TasPorts begins terminal dredging works in Devonport

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Contractors have started the dredging and reclamation works for the Devonport East Terminal 3 development at the Port of Devonport in Tasmania, Australian port operator Tasmanian Ports Corporation (TasPorts) said recently.

This project is part of TasPorts QuayLink development, which is a AU$240 million (US$168 million) investment to upgrade the East Devonport port infrastructure and to ensure Devonport will continue to operate as a tourism gateway for the next 50 years.

The joint venture company established by the Hazell Bros Group and Brady Marine and Civil to complete the work is using a 150-tonne land-based long reach excavator, as well as a smaller long-reach excavator working from a floating barge.

TasPorts CEO Anthony Donald said he expects the work, which would see about 45,000 cubic metres of material excavated, would take two to three months to complete.

The overall works will deliver a new berth pocket, wharf structure, and reclamation area at the existing Berth 3E specifically designed for the new Spirit of Tasmania ferries. Upgrades to the adjacent East No 2 Berth to cater for larger SeaRoad vessels are also planned.

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