Lucinda sugar jetty re­pair work leaves sea­son in limbo

Townsville Bulletin - - News - John An­der­sen

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

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