Rotterdam, the Netherlands - 3rd September 2010 - Van Oord was recently awarded the dredging works for the Cape Lambert Port B Project by Hamersley Iron Pty Ltd. The project comprises the construction of a new port facility adjacent to the existing Cape Lambert Port facility in Western Australia. This will involve the construction of a new train unloading infrastructure, stockyard, ship loading facilities (including a new wharf) and associated dredging.
The dredging works contract includes the removal of underwater obstructions, dredging of the seabed to the nominated depths and disposal of dredged material to offshore disposal areas. Preparations for the project have begun with the dredging works scheduled for completion in November 2011.
The port of Cape Lambert in Western Australia will be expanded with four new berth pockets, a port basin, a turning basin and a channel to connect the new facilities with the existing entrance channel. In total some 9 million cubic meters of sand, gravel and cap rock will be dredged. Van Oord will deploy trailing suction hopper dredger Rotterdam, cutter suction dredger Castor and backhoe dredger BHD Hippopotes.
The first phase of the Cape Lambert Port expansion will increase the export capacity of iron ore by a further 50 MTPA (million tonnes per annum). Raw materials are a major Australian export product and the port expansion will contribute to the growth of the Australian economy.
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