Next dredging campaign will take place in the second half of 2020
March 09, 2020
Mossel Bay, South Africa: It should be smooth sailing for vessels navigating and berthing at the Port of Mossel Bay now that Transnet National Ports Authority’s Dredging Services concluded its 2019/20 dredging campaign, which ensured that sand trap and high spots within the port were successfully removed.
Dredging is a critical aspect of port maintenance and refers to underwater excavation that helps to ensure safe navigational channels and maintain port depths. The 2019/20 campaign made use of two dredgers – trail dredger, Isandlwana, which focused its effort on the entrance channel and the sand trap while the Italeni grab dredger, focussed on clearing the port’s confined spaces along quays 4 and 5 and the Vintcent Jetty for the first time in 20 years.
Despite minor weather delays and a technical breakdown experienced by the Isandlwana, Port Manager, Shadrack Tshikalange said the campaign went smoothly and ensured that the area was dredged to the promulgated depth for safe navigation of all vessels, especially platform supply vessels involved in TOTAL’s Brulpadda gas exploration project.
“The port’s readiness to support the gas exploration project is a top priority for TNPA. Despite being the smallest of the commercial ports along the South African coast, our location and capabilities enables us to make a valuable contribution to this economically boosting project,” he said.
Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA)’s Dredging Services division carries out dredging in all of South Africa’s commercial ports using a fleet of special craft built for this purpose. TNPA’s fleet renewal programme has boosted the dredging division’s capacity to aid the removal of approximately four million cubic meters of excess material from the seabed every year at South Africa’s ports. With the most modern equipment available in the specialised service industry, Dredging Services is able to not only meet the needs of the South African port system, but the needs of Southern Africa, helping other African countries grow their economies.
The next dredging campaign will take place in the second half of 2020.