Buller District Council

Media Release- Kawatiri Dredge to arrive home tomorrow

11th January, 2019

The Kawatiri Dredge will be crossing the Westport Bar between 3pm and 4pm on Saturday after the successful completion of its maintenance dredging campaign for the Port of Greymouth.
The dredging work was primarily funded by the Government’s Provincial Growth Fund.

Westport Port Manager, Jackie Mathers said 90,000m3 of material had been removed from the Port’s Erua Moana Lagoon since the dredge arrived there in November. “Our crew and our vessel have done a fantastic job and we’re looking forward to seeing them home this weekend”, she said.

Ms Mathers said Kawatiri and six crew will carry out a small amount of maintenance dredging in the Westport floating basin next week although the current Tuna season may mean having to work around vessels berthed in the lagoon. “We’re hearing that Tuna boats are working up to the north of us and may be heading our way to unload next week” Ms Mathers said. “The crew is on contract, so will only be here a week, but we will do our best to work around any boats that might be in the basin” she said.

The Kawatiri will then be tied up at her Buller River berth until she heads to Nelson at the end of March for scheduled maintenance on the Caldwell Slipway.


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