Danish dredging company Rohde Nielsen has clinched the tender to carry out dredging works for Tauranga port’s expansion.
Rohde Nielsen is to deepen and widen the access channels from 12.9 m to 14.5 m inside Tauranga’s harbour, and from 12.9 m to 15.8 m outside the harbour.
Tauranga, New Zealand’s biggest port, is undertaking the expansion works to consolidate its status by accommodating container ships of over 6,000 teu.
Rohde Nielsen will carry out the works using a trailer hopper suction dredger and backhoe.
The works are scheduled to start in October 2015 and to be completed by August 2016.
Tauranga port recently took delivery of two new tug boats and announced that it would buy another two super post-Panamax gantry cranes.
The dredging is the final phase in a NZD350 million (USD232 million) capital expenditure programme over the past five years to enable shippers to transport goods on bigger container ships to and from New Zealand.