Dredge re­turns to re­move tonnes of ma­rina sludge

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWSWS -

MERI­DIEN’S ma­rina in Port Dou­glas is fi­nally get­ting the treat­ment it de­serves - a ten­day dredge.

Boat op­er­a­tors were left scram­bling to make al­ter­na­tive ar­range­ments to un­load pas­sen­gers on Tues­day af­ter the Hall’s dredge Ev­er­green be­gan suck­ing 9000 cu­bic me­tres of sludge off the bot­tom of the ma­rina.

“While the Port Dou­glas ma­rina awaits the fu­ture planned rede­vel­op­ment this first stage of dredg­ing will en­sure that all com­mer­cial ves­sels will be able to at­tain to their timeta­bles re­gard­less of the tides,” Meri­dien Ma­rina Port Dou­glas gen­eral man­ager Ja­son Roles said.

How­ever, not all op­er­a­tors of the com­mer­cial boats which will ben­e­fit from the dredg­ing do not ap­pear to have been no­ti­fied.

“We had an idea some­thing was in the wind,” one op­er­a­tor said, “but we didn’t know it was go­ing to be this week.

“We got a call at 3pm (on Tues­day) to say we had to fig­ure out where to un­load pas­sen­gers be­cause the dredg­ing had started.”

It is not be­lieved the dredg­ing will ex­tend to the long-term berths in the A and B fin­gers of the ma­rina, merely the com­mer­cial berths in the main ma­rina.

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