Dredge leaves Gladstone Harbour

THE backhoe dredge Hippopotes has completed its work on the Western Basin Dredging and Disposal Project (WBDDP) and left the harbour this week.

The backhoe arrived in Gladstone harbour in April this year to perform dredging works in order to provide access for construction vessels to the LNG sites on Curtis Island.

The Hippopotes removed dredge material from the seabed, loading barges that placed the material at the East Banks offshore site, an approved site in use for over 20 years.

The Hippopotes operated as part of the WBDDP under the comprehensive water quality monitoring programme.

There now remains one backhoe dredge and two cutter suction dredges on the WBDDP, with Trailer Suction Hopper Dredge Rotterdam due to arrive next month.



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