A crane lifting the dredge boat into the Port of Airlie last Friday, to remove any excess mud that has settled in the port.
A crane lifting the dredge boat into the Port of Airlie last Friday, to remove any excess mud that has settled in the port.

Dredging coming to end

THE final stages of dredging at the Meridien Port of Airlie are currently taking place.

A dredge boat was lifted into the port by a crane last Thursday.

The dredge will remain there for the next few weeks until the build-up of excess mud and sediments has been removed.

Meridien development director John Warlow is excited that the dredging is nearing completion.

“The project as a whole is going fairly well,” he said.

“The dredging is coming along and is one of the most exciting things to happen since the project started.

“It's the final touch-up (for dredging).”

The dredge boat's main role in the coming weeks is to remove the remaining mud that is currently in place to support the sheet piles that are set up to divide the port from the surrounding ocean.

It will also remove any excess mud from the seabed that has settled there since the port was originally dug-out.

Once the dredging has been completed, parts of the remaining sheet piles will be removed – this will open the harbour to the ocean.

Mr Warlow said the dredging was another significant step towards completing the project.

“It's looking spectacular at the moment,” he said.

“The boathouse is coming along well and should be completed this side of Christmas. “We're also hoping that the new terminals for Fantasea will be completed by mid next year.”


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