The Port of Hastings Development Authority would like to advise that marine surveys will shortly commence as part of early planning for the Port of Hastings container expansion project.
The marine surveys will collect information on the physical and chemical characteristics of existing port areas and surrounds, by mapping the physical features of the seabed and taking seabed samples of soil and rock. This will provide the critical baseline information needed to inform port design and detailed scientific studies over the next three to four years of detailed planning for an expanded container port at Hastings.
Geotechnical surveys will be undertaken by specialist contractors, Worley Parsons, using two stationary jack-up barges, collecting core samples from the seabed.
Geophysical surveys will be undertaken by specialist contractors, Aurecon, using sonar reflection and profiling survey techniques to complete detailed mapping of the seabed.
The Authority and specialist contractors are preparing to begin the marine surveys from the 9th December 2013 onwards. Surveys will cease for the Christmas period, from the 21st December 2013, and resume on the 6th January 2014. Details of the surveys progress including weekly notifications of expected survey locations will be available at www.portofhastings.com.
In the interests of personal safety, mariners, recreational users and visitors are advised to keep clear of the barges and survey vessels, with a distance of 100m recommended, and to observe the Harbour Masters directions at all times. All surveys will be carried out under strict environmental controls and approvals.
For further information please call 1300 149 478, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visitwww.portofhastings.com.au.
Comment by PICS:
Notice from Mike Lean, CEO of Port of Hastings development authority for locals who might be wondering what is going on in the bay soon. Nothing to tell us what the nature of the surveys is. Do they include sonar? I wonder when the Environment Effects Statement work starts?