Adelaide to invest in channel widening project

Adelaide Port, from pilot vessel. Credit: Flinders Ports

Adelaide joins other Australian state capitals in welcoming bigger vessels of the Post-Panamax size

Flinders Port Holdings is about to complete an AUD80 million (USD56 million) channel widening project to deepen the waters around its container terminal in Adelaide.

The capital dredging, which is being carried out by Boskalis, will widen the shipping channel to 170 m from the current 130 m, and extend the turning basin to accommodate the larger Post-Panamax container as well as cruise ships.

The USD45 million dredging works involve removing 1.55 million m3 of material from the shipping channel and placing it 30 km offshore. Flinders Port Holdings CEO Stewart Lammin said that the project is absolutely essential to protect the import and export industry that contributes so greatly to South Australia’s economy.

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