The Albatros trailer suction dredge (pictured above and below) arrived at Napier Port today to remove around 30,000m3 of sediment from the shipping channel as the port builds 6 Wharf.
Some of this 30,000m3 of material may be able to help re-nourish Westshore Beach.
The Albatros will be here for around two weeks. It is more efficient than the GPK, which we are also using, at dredging in areas where the layer of sediment we need to dredge is thinner.
Napier Port will determine the suitability of the sediment as it is dredged by taking samples and measuring the load density.
If the material is sand-like it will be taken to the Westshore disposal site as agreed with the Westshore community and Napier City Council. If it is unsuitable we will take it to the stage one disposal site.
We will continue to monitor turbidity (water clarity) in real-time using our environmental dashboard to make sure there are no adverse effects with disposal, paying particular attention to ensuring we don’t harm Pania Reef.
You may see the Albatros at work in the next couple of weeks. It is planning to work 12 hours a day, 7 days a week.