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Dredging Information

Page last updated on 13-05-2022.

Dredging Information

The Channel Upgrade project reached a significant milestone with the largest Australian owned backhoe dredge Woomera commencing dredging operations in Cleveland Bay on 15 March, 2022.

Woomera is working to widen Townsville's 14.9km shipping channel from 92 metres to 180 metres at the inshore (Port) end, tapering to 120 metres at the seaward end.

All dredged material will be placed on barges and transported back to a Temporary Unloading Facility on the western side of the new rock wall for placement in the 62 hectare reclamation area.

Dredging is expected to take two years and upon completion ships up to 300 metres long will be able to safely access the Port, instead of bypassing Townsville.

Information for boaties

The Regional Harbour Master has declared a Marine Restricted Area around the dredge as Townsville's shipping channel is widened.

Mariners are advised:

  • Stay at least 100 metres away from the dredge and barges
  • Cardinal marks will be placed around Woomera to mark the Restricted Area
  • Dredging will occur 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Barges will transport dredge material to a jetty on the new rock wall
  • Be aware of increased marine traffic and observe all speed limits
  • Tune in to VHF 16 & 22 when out on the water

View the latest Notice to Mariners

Dredge location weekly schedule:

May 13-20, 2022

Woomera is working beside the channel about 3.4km to 3.6km from the Breakwater wall (between channel markers P12 and P10). Location updates will be provided regularly via VHF channel 16 so you can plan your trips with minimal disruption.

The position of Woomera, barges Hall 1 and Hall 2, and support vessels can also be viewed live on the Port of Townsville's vessel tracker.