Gladstone Ports awards Boyne River dredging contract

East Coast Marine's Pacific Conquest.
East Coast Marine’s Pacific Conquest.

Australia’s Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) has awarded the tender for dredging works on the Boyne River to restore a safe, navigable channel.

East Coast Maritime has been appointed to undertake the works, with activity at the river mouth to begin by mid-February and finish before May.

Material will be removed from the 15-metre wide channel, clearing the way for vessels to have safe passage through the mouth of the river at all tides.

GPC Chief Executive Officer Peter O’Sullivan said significant flood events floods in 2011 and 2013 caused significant shoaling at the channel entrance, posing restrictions and risks for vessel operators and their passengers.

The work will be undertaken using a backhoe and barge method, with the material to be taken via barge to existing marine facilities near the Gladstone Marina and unloaded at designated fill areas next to the RG Tanna Terminal.

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