dws-boskalis-adelaide-tshd-gateway-770px-1Royal Boskalis has been awarded a contract for the widening of the shipping channel of the Port Adelaide Outer Harbor in Australia. The project was awarded by port owner and operator Flinders Ports. The contract carries a total value of 40 million euro.

Larger ships
Boskalis has been appointed to widen the shipping channel to 170 meters from the current 130 meters, and extend the turning basin to accommodate the larger and more efficient Post Panamax container ships which are increasingly dominating global containerized cargo transport. 

dws-boskalis-adelaide-inner-harbour-450px   Port Adelaide’s Inner Harbour berths (Flinders Ports)

The expanded channel will also accommodate larger cruise ships to support a stronger tourism industry.

An estimated amount of 1.5 million cubic meters of mainly sand and clay material will be removed with a trailing suction hopper dredger and a large backhoe dredger.

Strict environmental requirements
Flinders Ports and Boskalis are committed to minimizing the environmental impact of the channel widening program and maximizing the ongoing health of the marine environment in line with the strict requirements of the Environment Protection Authority dredging license.

The dredged material will be placed in a designated area 30 kilometers offshore with the aid of adaptive environmental management techniques to ensure that the maximum permitted turbidity levels are not exceeded. The project will be executed in the second half of 2019.

This news item was originally published on the website of Royal Boskalis.

(Top photo: Boskalis' trailing suction hopper dredger Gateway in Australia)

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