Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) has undertaken shipping channel restoration works at the Port of Bundaberg following significant rainfall in Bundaberg in October/early November 2017.
The subsequent build-up of sediment in the port’s main shipping berth and the inner reach of the shipping channel had severely hindered the berthing and movement of commercial ships in and out of the port.
GPC CEO, Peter O’Sullivan, said the organisation was undertaking emergency maintenance dredging to restore the depths of the berth pockets and inner reach of the channel.
“It’s important these works go ahead to ensure the operational safety of the harbour,” Mr O’Sullivan said.
Material was removed over a four day period and deposited at the existing Port of Bundaberg sea disposal site.
The extent of the emergency maintenance work is limited to the area posing ship navigational risks.
GPC has carefully considered the potential impacts on fauna and flora, and worked with government agencies to implement appropriate controls to ensure minimal environmental impacts while the dredging maintenance activities are being undertaken.