Old markers to be replaced
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.