Maintenance dredging is a routine part of port operations. Maintenance dredging removes a build-up of sediment which occurs naturally over time. It is crucial to maintain the declared depths of shipping channels, berths, approaches and associated swing basins for the safe operation of shipping. All maintenance dredging in the Port of Melbourne is undertaken in accordance with an approved Environmental Management Plan (EMP).
Maintenance dredging is planned to take place in and around the port precinct commencing in October 2018 and continuing for a period of up to six months.
The dredging works will be undertaken by the backhoe dredge Storken and associated equipment (e.g. barges) will be used.
Further details will be uploaded to this site as and when further information becomes available.