The Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd (PBPL) is responsible for the maintenance of 90km of navigational shipping channel, stretching from the northern tip of Bribie Island, across Moreton Bay, and into the Brisbane River. We need to ensure safe, deep-water access to the port is maintained.
We also carry out maintenance dredging between Fisherman Islands and the Hamilton Reach of the Brisbane River to enable safe passage of vessels visiting berths upstream.
We own a fleet of vessels to manage a wide range of dredging situations. The flagship of our dredging fleet is the Brisbane, which is the largest dredger of its type based in Australia.
We have a fleet of dredgers and support craft, including:
The Brisbane is a trailing suction hopper dredger and the main unit of our dredging fleet. Equipped with the latest state-of-the-art automation control and navigation systems, it is capable of performing capital and maintenance dredging in accordance with latest environmental standards. The Brisbane is used for maintenance and development dredging, and reclamation works in Brisbane, as well as an annual maintenance dredging campaign in north Queensland ports. The dredger is certified as an ocean-going dredger, and is available for contract work anywhere in Australia.
Dredging depth: 25m
Hopper capacity: 2,900 cubic metres
Discharge: pump ashore by bow coupling or bottom dump
Crew: 13 per two-week swings
The Ken Harvey is a clam bucket dredger used to dredge port berths and approaches, and usually employed in small-scale dredging operations.
Clam dredger with 3.25 cubic metre bucket
Attendant plant: workboat (Sea Lion), barges (Hercules and Samson), and anchor launch (Turtle).
The Jim Peel is a 15.8m survey vessel fitted with Reson Seabat 8125 Multibeam Echo Sounding System. This system is capable of high accuracy hydrographic survey for dredging, navigational channels and berth monitoring applications.
In addition to meeting our dredging requirements in Brisbane, the Brisbane spends up to five months of the year carrying out maintenance dredging contracts at Queensland ports. We have also completed a dredging contracts for the Port of Devonport in Tasmania and Newcastle in New South Wales.