Dredging Program

Port of Melbourne has ongoing dredging obligations to ensure the safe passage of ships visiting the port.

As Melbourne’s population is growing larger, wider and longer vessels are visiting Melbourne to supply everyday household goods to Victorian families.

We need to ensure that these ships can safely berth at the Port of Melbourne.

Dredging works were carried out over the 2019/2020 summer period at various locations within the port precinct and the South Channel in Port Phillip Bay to remove a build up of sediment and to ensure Port of Melbourne’s berths and channels are maintained for shipping.

Dredging activities have been conducted, on a routine basis, in the shipping channels throughout Port Phillip and the port area over the past 100 years.

The current dredging program is complete. You can find out more about our dredging program, and see how the dredging vessel the Boskalis Magnor, is floated onto the semi-submergible Blue Marlin to be transported to its next destination in the video below.

Environment Approvals

Port of Melbourne’s dredging works have been approved by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).

Port of Melbourne will be monitoring the noise levels of dredging works in areas close to residential communities.

You can view our Environmental Management Plan here.