The Pilbara Ports Authority will cooperate with Jan De Nul Group to dredge the channel and further improve the safe and sustainable access to the Port of Port Hedland. The project is part of the Channel Risk and Optimisation Project that aims to sustain the long-operation, development, and future growth of the port.
For a long time Jan De Nul Group is being the lead contractor of the majority of the dredging projects and the maintenance dredging works within the port precinct of Port Hedland.
During Q1 of 2019, the company will deploy a large self-propelled Cutter Suction Dredger Niccoló Machiavelli with a total installed capacity of approximately 24,000 kW.
In addition, the project is expected to be completed in mid 2019 and will also provide an emergency passing lane along the shipping channel, improved water reguge zones and increased water depth in targeted areas of the access channel.
Port Hedland is Australia’s largest export port in yearly throughput.
Moreover, it is the largest bulk mineral export port globally, with iron ore being the lead export commodity.
Concluding, Pilbara Ports Authority facilitates approximately $140 million of trade through the Port of Port Hedland daily, which currently requires the safe and efficient management of approximately 6,000 vessel movements in the port each year.