PIANC Seminar - Cairns Shipping Development Project

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About this event

Join us for a talk on Cairns Shipping Study followed by drinks and canapes. All professionals in the ports and maritime industries are welcome to attend.

About the project

The lack of deepwater access at Cairns was considered a major economic hurdle for Far North Queensland.

Ports North (PN) therefore pursed a plan for deepening and widening of the entrance channel and basin at the Port of Cairns, large enough to accommodate large cruise vessels. While the main purpose of the Project is to take advantage of cruise shipping opportunities, the project also brought other significant benefits including:

• enabling future expansion of the HMAS Cairns Base by relocating the existing cargo swing basin allowing improved channel access for the existing Royal Australian Navy vessels

• allowing larger visiting overseas Navy vessels (in particular US Navy carriers) to enter the Port for rest and relaxation visits

• reduced tidal and loading restrictions on bulk cargo ships accessing the Port of Cairns, improving Port efficiency

• increased resilience for the Port of Cairns against an extreme weather event


Being located in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, the project had unique challenges and opportunities, with approval eventually granted in 2018 for dredging of approximately 800,000 cubic metres of soft and stiff clays, and onshore placement of all materials. The need for onshore materials placement and reclamation emerged following the Federal Government’s ban on sea disposal in 2015.

The success of the project was recognised by being awarded an Engineers Australia Engineering Excellence Awards (AEEA) 2020 for the Queensland Division.


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