NSW Maritime has completed dredging of the main shipping channel of Clarence River in a bid to improve safety of large vessels using the port, according to NSW Maritime Regional Ports and Shipping Safety Manager David Hunter.
Mr Hunter said the dredging work was completed last week and the dredge, the Port Frederick, left the port yesterday. “This was maintenance dredging of sections of the river between the entrance and
Goodwood Island,” he said.
“The works took two weeks to complete and were on time and within budget. NSW Maritime will now undertake a hydrographic survey to accurately chart the new depths and confirm all areas have been dredged to the required specification. This survey will take place in the next few weeks, weather permitting.”
Mr Hunter said the dredge would return in late November if the survey revealed sections of the channel required any further dredging to meet specified depths. The dredging works were designed to provide a minimum of 4.2 metres from the entrance of the port to the commercial wharf at Goodwood Island.
For more details on the port, go to http://www.yamba.nsw.gov.au