Old mark­ers to be re­placed

North West Telegraph - - News - Robert Dougherty

Lo­cal boat­ies will no­tice some­thing dif­fer­ent in the water this sum­mer with more than 35 chan­nel mark­ers be­ing re­placed by the Pil­bara Ports Author­ity, af­ter more than 40 years of ser­vice.

Age­ing off­shore and land-based nav­i­ga­tion mark­ers are be­ing re­placed by new mark­ers from now un­til March next year in the Port Hed­land shipping chan­nel and in­ner har­bour.

“Most of the nav­i­ga­tion aids are be­tween 28 and (over) 40 years old. The con­tracts awarded to re­place the mark­ers also in­clude ap­pro­pri­ately dis­pos­ing or re­cy­cling the old mark­ers,” Pil­bara Ports Author­ity gen­eral man­ager op­er­a­tions John Finch said.

“Thirty-five chan­nel mark­ers and three land-based mark­ers will be re­placed.

“The new mark­ers com­ply with cur­rent mar­itime stan­dards and in­dus­try best prac­tice for aids to nav­i­ga­tion and im­proved struc­tural in­tegrity and main­tain­abil­ity of the nav­i­ga­tion aids.

“The chan­nel marker re­place­ment pro­gram will re­place age­ing off­shore and land-based nav­i­ga­tion mark­ers to en­sure the on­go­ing safe pas­sage of ves­sels within the port of Port Hed­land.

“The project will en­sure the struc­tural in­tegrity and re­li­a­bil­ity of the chan­nel mark­ers for the next 25 years.” The works, in­clud­ing pil­ing of new struc­tures and re­moval of the ex­ist­ing struc­ture at each marker, may re­sult in noise im­pacts from Cooke Point to the West End.

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