Dredging

Stephen Collie explains how dredging is playing an important role in getting East Australia back on track following the aftermath of Cyclone Oswald.

In January 2013, Cyclone Oswald wreaked havoc on parts of Queensland and New South Wales, Australia. The storm had a widespread impact and caused extreme flooding, storms and water damage.

Damage was estimated to be at least Aus$2.4 billion (which equates to about 2.5 billion U.S dollars). The storm affected more than 4,000 homes and 600 businesses in Bundaberg, Australia. During the storm, more than 7,500 residents of the Bundaberg area were evacuated from their homes. Bundaberg Hospital patients and staff were also removed from the location in order to keep them safe. Bridges, transportation routes and area sewage networks were destroyed. In addition, the storm created massive blackouts and thousands of residents were left without power.

Dredging Australia

 

Cyclone Oswald caused immense destruction and created an enormous sinkhole that swallowed up an entire two-story building in the Burnett River area of Midtown Marina.

“The storm left many parts of East Australia in bad shape. We are doing our best to repair that damage to get the surrounding cities back on their feet,” says Steve Karl Collie whose dredging company is among those working to repair the effects of the cyclone.

In order to help repair the damage of the cyclone, the Australian government has approved a project which will help to transform the ravaged marina into a public park area. According to Dredging Today, the project, which will cost an estimated $2.4 million, is set to involve building a 77-metre long steel sheet-pile retaining wall “with interlocking sections to maximize its strength to withstand future floodwaters, then backfilling the hole to reclaim the riverbank.”

One of the key tools involved in repairing the damage from the storm and transforming the land into a safe public area, is the process of dredging.

Steve Karl Collie explains, “Dredging is the process of excavating an area that is partially under water.”

This is done with the purpose of gathering up various sediments and debris and disposing them in a different location. As a manager at one of the major shipping companies in New Zealand, Steve Karl Collie and his employees are highly involved in the project’s current dredging phase.

“This project is going to clean up the marina and clear up the riverbank area of Bundaberg,” he explains. “It will give the people of Bundaberg their Riverwalk area back.”

According to Stephen Collie, the project will make the marina a safe place for people to frequent in the future. “The marina had just gotten back on its feet after a 2011 flood damaged it. That’s where dredging comes in.”

A variety of companies are currently at work to clean up the marina and to fill in the dangerous sinkhole. Much of this work is being done through the use of a dredger, a machine specifically designed to excavate and remove material from the bottom of the water surrounding the marina. In order to make way for the new project, the fallen building debris will be carried away and the ground will be cleared to make room for the new retention wall.

As reported by News Mail, “approximately 65,000 cubic meters of sand and gravel [will] be dredged from an area near Kirby’s Wall to improve navigation of the river.”

Cyclones are a serious threat to the people of Australia. As seen by the destruction of Cyclone Oswald, one of the worst outcomes of a tropical cyclone is flooding. Fortunately for the people of East Australia, the devastation from the recent storm will soon be cleared up.

The once-destroyed land will be transformed into a cheerful place where businesses will thrive and that locals will frequent in their downtime. Thanks to the help of projects like dredging, the storm’s debris will be cleared up and the waterways will soon be functional again.

In addition, the retaining wall, which the project will build, will help to keep the Bundaberg Marina safe from future storms.

“It’s been great to be a part of this project. We can’t wait to see the marina back on its feet,” says Steve Karl Collie.


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New Zealand Local Business

Small enterprise is without a doubt positively playing a major part in the economic health and stability of New Zealand, says long time entrepreneur and businessman Stephen Collie, the coordinator of Collie Shipping, who operates a number of dredging barges. You see, the government’s latest decision to carry out an assessment of coastal navigation safeness must be music to the ears for many associated with the manufacturing and shipping industry. The report demonstrates that the nation is devoted to delivering individuals with a safe natural environment and to broadening prospects for local companies and business.

Stephen Collie, “Considering how crucial the production sector is for the country’s economic system and just how much of that industry involves the shoreline, whether it is oil drilling or dredging, the review is much more than merely an approach to ensure safety; it becomes an investment in developing the country’s finances.”

Commercial Enterprise in NZ

Small business is in fact relatively big in New Zealand, as reported by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. A large number of companies (97%) have less than 20 staff members. Almost 70 percent of those enterprises do not have staff at all. Throughout several sectors, a surprising greater part of businesses have 19 or fewer personnel. As an example, close to 19,000 businesses in the production sector employ just around 19 people. More than just 48,500 building companies also have less than 20 staff members.

Small enterprise is not just common in New Zealand. You’ll find it adds a significant amount to the country’s Gross Domestic Product as well as many job opportunities for individuals. Companies that employ up to 19 folks contribute close to 30 percent of the country’s GDP, or more than $56 million. Smaller sized businesses also created more than 40 percent of new job opportunities in the country in 2012.

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The Safety Review

The effect most typically associated with local business on New Zealand can be clearly seen in the increase of activity on the seaside. According to Maritime New Zealand, the volume of port call, voyages and ships happen to be continuously growing year after year since 2009-2010. In 2012-2013, 869 vessels created in excess of 2,300 voyages and over 5,600 port calls.

The recently released safety review was created to detect risks and assess the existing safety precautions in place, along with potential safety measures, notes Stephen Collie. The review is planned this month and the initial round should certainly last for about Twelve months.

According to the director of Maritime New Zealand, the review is just one part of a whole new focus on building a risk-focused and intelligence-led strategy to safety for all individuals and business. The director emphasized the importance of having a up-to-date and precise picture of what the potential risks are. Also, he mentioned changing technology as an aspect to consider behind the review.

Stephen Collie: “Vessels aren’t only becoming numerous, they’re also ever-increasing in size as well as becoming more technologically advanced. Most vessels currently have sophisticated navigational aids not seen in decades prior”.

Despite the fact that the director emphasizes that the safety review isn’t happening as a consequence a of single incident, past happenings, for example the grounding of the Rena in 2011 and the grounding of Lake Triview this past spring, could have some influence on the review.

The Rena event is often recognized as the worst ecological disaster in the country’s historical past. 3 years after the incident, the hulk of the ship remains to be trapped in the reef. The owner of the Lake Triview, along with crew members and managers will need to show up before the courts, as the ship harmed the reef when it went aground. Crew members also decided not to tell Maritime New Zealand of the grounding, for which they are being penalized.

As soon as completed, the safety review should ideally produce new solutions for workers, local companies and business, making coastal activity more effective and safe for all those involved. “The outcome of the review are anticipated to have a positive effect on the manufacturing industry as well as its workforce”, Stephen Collie says.


References:

Maritime New Zealand

Maritime New Zealand is a great place to work, and its staff are great people to work with. In head office and around the regions, at the front line and behind the scenes, MNZ staff work hard to ensure safe, secure and clean seas and waterways for New Zealand….Learn More

Maritime New Zealand – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A maritime authority called the Marine Board was originally established in 1862 and controlled by the Customs Department until near the end of the nineteenth century, when it was renamed the Marine Department….Learn More

 

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