The tug boat Daly pulled the Everglades dredge from Port Douglas.
The tug boat Daly pulled the Everglades dredge from Port Douglas. John Wood

Busy weekend at Bundy's port

THE BURNETT Heads Port was a hive of activity over the weekend with a sugar ship arriving, water police presence and the arrival of a dredge that will see the port on the way back to its pre-flood state.

After a week-long voyage from Port Douglas, tug boat Daly arrived at the port towing the Everglades dredge on Good Friday.

Ship enthusiast John Wood was at the port at the weekend where he said there was plenty of activity.

“When the dredge infrastructure is in place, it will pump the silt over half a kilometre to an area east of the sugar storage facility,” Mr Wood said.

“This should be a significant step in returning the port to its pre-flood state.”

Mr Wood said at present, ships were restricted to daylight arrivals and no larger than 140m in length due to the size of the temporary swing basin.

As well as the dredge arriving, Friday saw the return of the Shanghai Spirit for another load of raw sugar destined for Melbourne.

“If the weather is fine, a ship this size can arrive on a daylight high tide one day, and leave on the next daylight high tide – a 24-hour turn around,” Mr Wood said.

“(The) docking of the ship was undertaken by the Bundaberg-based tug Ballina, assisted by the Brisbane-based tug Wyambi which has been based in Bundaberg for the past few months.

“The Wyambi will be leaving the Bundaberg port next month for Fiji.”

With great boating weather, water police were also active in the Burnett River, in traffic control and enforcement capacities.

While there were reports of the Bundaberg Volunteer Marine Rescue crew needing to save a powerless yacht, a spokesperson for the group said it was not a matter of urgency or danger.

“The yacht had no power and we moved it but it was anchored in the river and no one was in danger,” he said.



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