Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) has partnered with Maritime Safety Queensland (MSQ) to construct and install new navigational aids to increase safety for port operations.

GPC and MSQ will install a lead light and new beacon, and relocate another beacon, as part of the Clinton Vessel Interaction Project (CVIP).

MSQ will manage the construction and installation of the navigational aids with the completion expected in the second half of 2020.

GPC acting CEO, Craig Walker, said GPC is proud to have such a positive working relationship with MSQ and the Regional Harbour Master.

“We have a close working relationship with MSQ, and this is another example of our commitment to safety for both commercial vessels and local harbour users,” Mr Walker said.

“Our focus is on the continued safety of our busy port so we can continue to deliver sustainable economic growth and social prosperity for our region.”

Gladstone Regional Harbour Master, John Fallon, said the improved safety and operability of the Gladstone harbour and waterways, both commercial and recreational, is a binding focus for GPC and MSQ.

“These new navigational aids, which are 30m high and 2.5m wide, will increase the safe use of the port for everyone,” Mr Fallon said.

“We have worked closely with GPC in relation to the design of the navigational aids and have engaged local businesses where possible.”

GPC’s Clinton Vessel Interaction Project (CVIP) will improve safety by widening the Clinton Channel by approximately 100m, with work expected to finish in the second half of 2020.

According to Mr Walker, the project continues to provide opportunities for Gladstone locals and businesses while ensuring the Port of Gladstone remains strong and safe.

Shipping remains unaffected while CVIP works are undertaken.

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