Proposed 2021 Maintenance Dredging

Planned 2021 Maintenance Dredging

In 2021, MWPA will undertake maintenance dredging activities within Port waters to remove accumulated sediments from the Commercial Harbour and Main Shipping Channel. This project is necessary to ensure the safe navigability and continued operations of the Port.

Maintaining safe and efficient navigation is vital to supporting national and international trade, economic development in the mid west region and its continued connection to global markets.

Integral to our operations is maintaining the balance between the continued development of a sustainable world-class port, while protecting the unique marine and coastal environment in which we operate.

Why does MWPA need to dredge?

MWPA needs to dredge to restore safe navigational depths and keep trade flowing. Approximately 200,000m3 of material will need to be removed from navigable areas, mainly the shipping channel.

Just like rail and roads, shipping channels and other navigational areas require maintenance to keep trade flowing.

Left unmanaged, our port’s capability would be significantly reduced, with the flow on effect impacting local businesses and our community.

It is proposed that maintenance dredging will take place at Geraldton Port in Q4 of 2021.

Background Studies, Reports & Information

MWPA has undertaken detailed studies and engaged with a range of stakeholders to understand the source of natural sediment accumulation and appropriate placement options at the Port of Geraldton.