Between 2009 and 2011, Fremantle Ports deepened the Deep Water Channel, Entrance Channel and Inner Harbour to allow 14 m draft ships to utilise the Fremantle Inner Harbour, and reclaimed of a large area of seabed at Rous Head. The project involved the dredging of ~3.1 million cubic meters of limestone and sandy sediment.
BMT was engaged by Fremantle Ports to develop and implement the marine monitoring program required to assess and manage the potential impacts from dredging and reclamation works. The protection of adjacent seagrass meadows, coral outcrops, and public recreation values of local beaches were key priorities of the monitoring program.
Drawing on vast local experience and expertise, BMT developed a robust, pragmatic marine monitoring program in collaboration with key stakeholders to the satisfaction of environmental and public health regulators.
BMT assembled a field team with capacity to respond to requisite and contingency monitoring on a weekly basis.
Due to extreme public interest (with dredge plumes generated adjacent to public swimming beaches), communication of monitoring results was of utmost priority. BMT ensured that the project was resourced to appropriately analyse, quality check and report on findings on a weekly basis.
Fremantle Ports engaged BMT to project manage and provide expert technical advice on marine environmental assessment of a major port facility.
The Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd (PBPL) has developed an environmental monitoring program which aims to provide an understanding of the condition, values and stressors operating at and adjacent to the port area.
Building on the Port of Cairns Cruise Shipping Demand Study undertaken by BMT in 2010 – 2011, BMT is working with project partner Arup to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Port of Cairns Shipping Development Project.
The proposed expansion of the Port of Townsville involves significant dredging of sea bed materials to provide for vessel access, maneuvering and berthing.