Rohde Nielsen Bags Port Tauranga Dredging Contract

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

July 8, 2015

Aerial 1 Port of Tauranga. Photo by The Port of Tauranga Limited

Aerial 1 Port of Tauranga. Photo by The Port of Tauranga Limited

 Danish dredging company Rohde Nielsen has won the tender to complete dredging at the Port of Tauranga, New Zealand's largest port company.

 
The capital dredging program to deepen the Port of Tauranga to take the next generation of containerships calling on the New Zealand coast will begin in October.
 
Rohde Nielsen will deepen and widen the shipping channels from 12.9 metres to 14.5 metres depth inside the harbour and 15.8 metres outside the harbour. 
 
Work will be undertaken with a combination of trailer hopper suction dredge and backhoe, and is scheduled to commence in October 2015 and will be completed by August 2016.
 
The Port has recently taken possession of two new tug boats and announced the purchase of a further two super post-panamax gantry cranes.
 
The dredging is the final building block in a $350 million capital expenditure programme over the last five years to facilitate New Zealand's exporters and importers being able to access the blue water savings of larger ships.
 
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