NQBP is applying for the necessary permits to undertake maintenance dredging at the Port of Hay Point.
These permits, which we have for our ports at Mackay and Weipa, will enable us to proactively conduct maintenance when needed for safe and efficient port operations, subject to weather events.
NQBP is applying to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) for a Marine Park Permit. This application is the first step in a rigorous process involving Commonwealth and state agencies.
Along with our own commitment to sustainability, the approval process ensures a transparent assessment of the proposed works. It also ensures strict environmental protections are in place before any dredging begins.
At this stage, NQBP anticipates maintenance dredging at the Port of Hay Point will take place later in 2018. Approximately 350,000 m3 of sediment will need to be removed to restore berth pockets and shipping channels to their design depths.
The last maintenance dredging at the Port of Hay Point was conducted in 2010.
This means natural forces such as tides and storms, along with severe weather events such as Tropical Cyclone Debbie, have resulted in a significant build-up of marine sediment at the port. Maintenance dredging is how required to ensure continued safe and efficient port operations.
NQBP has conducted a two-year sustainable sediment management study into disposal options. Sediment disposal will be subject to assessment under a separate approval process, which has not yet started.