MAINTENANCE DREDGING AT NORTH HAVEN
The Department for Infrastructure and Transport (DIT) will be undertaking routine maintenance dredging at North Haven to remove built up seagrass and sand from inside the channel extending out through the entrance. Favourable weather will see dredging outside of the channel entrance breakwaters and will move inside the breakwaters to dredge when weather conditions are less favourable.
DIT’s contractor, Maritime Constructions, will be expected to be on site from 24 November 2021 to undertake this dredging. It is anticipated that the work will be completed before the end of February 2022. Completion of works will be dependent on the amount of work required, weather delays and operating restrictions. Works are scheduled for up to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Some restrictions in operating times apply to reduce noise levels for residents between 10pm and 7am.
Maritime Constructions operates under a Dredging licence issued by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA). The EPA require dredging operators to follow a project specific EPA approved Dredge Management Plan. This includes water quality monitoring to be undertaken throughout the project in accordance with an approved Water Quality Monitoring Program. The discharge site for the dredged material is located approximately 300m North West (seaward) of the marina entrance. This site will be marked during the works and must be avoided by the general public.
Boats using the marina entrance are advised to use caution and follow the Dredge Safety Information (see flyer below). A 4 knot speed limit applies within the marina and within 100m of the dredge and discharge pipelines.
DIT is responsible for this dredging operation and any queries or concerns may be directed to the contractor.
Environmental & Projects Manager – Simon Spencer on 0499 777 297