Dredge incident should not delay Cairns works
However dredging company Hall Contracting did not expect project delays, saying it would be able to use alternative equipment to complete the task.
The company said it had been advised the cutter suction dredge, Wombat, overturned in the Coral Sea on Wednesday.
A towage contractor was towing the vessel from Port Moresby to Cairns at the time of the incident. No one was on board and all personnel aboard the accompanying tug boat are safe.
“The vessel remains afloat and it is currently being towed back to Port Moresby under the direction of insurers,” Hall Contracting chief executive officer Cameron Hall said.
“The vessel underwent Australian Quarantine Inspection Services cleaning and successfully passed a survey inspection and warranty tow inspection prior to departure. Its watertight integrity was also routinely assessed multiple times, with no cause for concern identified.”
He said Hall Contracting had been working closely with Marine Safety Queensland and the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) to ensure all regulatory procedures were adhered to.
Queensland-based Hall Contracting is working with RN Dredging, which was awarded the dredging and construction contract for the $127 million Cairns Shipping Development project in February.