The Australian Federal Government has given the final environmental approval to the Cairns Shipping Development Project which aims to attract large cruise ships to the Queensland port.
The A$120mn project involves dredging the outer shipping channel, the Trinity Inlet, to allow larger ships use the port and the upgrading of existing wharves.
Ports North chairman Russell Beer said: “This is a major milestone in the approval process and we are continuing to work with both state and local governments to finalise other approvals while advancing the project.”
Ports North, the trading name of the Far North Queensland Ports Corporation Ltd, plans to start construction and dredging work this year.
Ports North is focusing on the mid-to-large cruise ships and the volume to be dredged is 1mn cu m. The inner harbour channel and the Crystal swing basin will be widened and deepened and a new swing basin, the Smith’s Creek Swing Basin,will be established to enable the future expansion of the HMAS Cairns Naval Base.