Feb 10, 2019

Contract awarded for $127m Cairns port upgrade project

Contract awarded for $127m Cairns port upgrade project

RN Dredging has been awarded the dredging and construction contract for the $127 million Cairns Shipping Development project.

The company, an Australian subsidiary of Rohde Nielsen A/S, will work with the largest Queensland-based dredging company – Hall Contracting, the State Government says.

Member for Cairns Michael Healy said the announcement marked an important milestone for the project, which is expected to deliver an $850 million boost for the region’s economy and thousands of jobs for locals.

“This is a great result for locals, with the project to generate 800 jobs during construction and close to 2,700 direct and indirect jobs by 2031,” Mr Healy said.

The tender covers the dredging of up to one million cubic metres of sediment from the port’s existing navigation channel and placing the material on two land sites.

Ports North Chairman Russell Beer said RN Dredging was a high-performing and competitive international dredging company with a proven track record in Australia, delivering projects in Queensland and across the country over the past decade. 

The selection of a dredging contractor was based on assessing their experience, methods, equipment and capability to meet strict environmental requirements and timeframes, he said.

“RN will now team up with Australian-owned Hall Contracting (HC), the largest Queensland-based dredging company to carry out dredging works in the dry season,” Mr Beer said.

“HC will undertake all civil, earthworks and pipeline construction and operation of the two land-based dredge placement sites drawing on regional providers of marine and construction services and supplies.”

Dredging is expected occur over a 12-week period during the 2019 dry season, weather permitting.

For more information on the project visit www.portsnorth.com.au

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