Port Hedland High Spot Dredging

A very successful project outcome for PHPA, ahead of time and well within budget with an expectation of significantly greater than 200 mm additional draft achieved.


Port Hedland Port is a large bulk export port located in the Pilbara region serving the iron ore rich Eastern Pilbara.

In order to increase channel depth and export capacity, Port Hedland Port Authority (PHPA) undertook dredging of high spots present along the 45 km channel.

The high spot dredging project utilised Jan de Nul’s Leonardo da Vinci, one of the largest self propelled cutter suction dredges in the world.

Material was cut and left in place on the seabed, for subsequent removal by a trailing suction hopper dredge at a later date.

PHPA engaged BMT to manage all aspects of the dredging works, from the preparation of drawings and contract documents through to 24 hour supervision onboard the dredge for the duration of the project.

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