Jan De Nul Completes Three-Year Dredging Project at Port Hedland

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Photo courtesy Jan De Nul

Luxembourg-based Jan De Nul Group says it has completed dredging on the navigational channel in Port Hedland, Western Australia.

The completion of dredging works as part the Channel Risk and Optimization Project (CROP) concludes a three-year cooperation between Jan De Nul Group with the Pilbara Ports Authority (PPA).

Over the past three years a combination of Hopper Dredgers, a Cutter Suction Dredger and Split Hopper Barges were deployed to dredge sections of the 42-km long navigational channel and to further enhance the safe and sustainable access to the port of Port Hedland.

The project included the removal of high spots and the creation of two refuge zones and an emergency passing lane alongside the outer section of the shipping channel.

Port Hedland is situated on the North-West coast of Australia and is Australia’s largest export port by annual throughput. It is also the largest bulk mineral export port in the world with iron ore being the main export commodity. The port currently records approximately 6,000 vessel movements each year.

“We are pleased that we were able to partner once again with the PPA in successfully delivering this critical and vital phase of the project”, says David Jonckheere, Area Director Oceania and Asia at Jan De Nul Group. “The final portion of this three-year project was specifically challenging as it had to be executed within a fully operational and extremely busy port. We are also greatly appreciative of the close and practical approach we received from the PPA representatives on an ongoing day-to-day basis.”