Lucinda sugar jetty repair work leaves season in limbo
ENGINEERS have yet to undertake an inspection of the Lucinda sugar jetty which suffered extensive damage in Cyclone Yasi.
Sugar Terminals Queensland general manager Dick Farquhar said yesterday an engineering assessment of the jetty was still to be completed.
He said divers would have to be sent down to inspect pylon footings and that a detailed assessment was still ‘‘ some time away’’. Mr Farquhar said a final report should be available in weeks rather than months.
Swells of up to 11m in the area during Cyclone Yasi on February 2-3 are thought to have caused most of the damage to the jetty.
Damage has resulted in the Townsville Harbour Master declaring a 100m exclusion zone around the 5km-long structure for safety reasons.
Most of the damage to the jetty took place over a distance of 1.5km from its seaward end. The current state of the jetty has thrown Lucinda’s role as a sugar loading export site into doubt for the 2011 season.
Lucinda sugar loading jetty