Flood damage closes the port
THE Port of Bundaberg will carry out a sonar survey of the Burnett River mouth next week to determine the siltation impacts of the floods, which have stopped large commercial vessels from entering.
Port of Bundaberg manager Jason Pascoe said it was too early to carry out the hydrographic survey at the moment because there were still floodwaters in the river, which would affect the accuracy of the testing.
"In the meantime, we continue to assess the impacts from the floods," he said.
The 2010/11 floods also forced the port to close for several months and a similar sonar study was carried out, followed by dredging to allow it to reopen.
A restriction on all vessels entering the river has now been lifted, but sailors have been warned to be very cautious.
A Transport and Main Roads spokesman said the flood had washed floating debris into the river, causing a hazard to all vessels.
"The floodwater has also caused significant damage to almost all aids to navigation," he said
He said the port would remain closed to all large commercial shipping until further notice, and to all vessels after dark.
The spokesman said Maritime Safety Queensland (MSQ) was aware of flooding issues affecting most of the state's ports and navigable waterways.
"A full inspection of local waterways will be necessary to establish any changes in existing channels and the presence of submerged hazards before navigation aids can be replaced," he said.
"Meanwhile, MSQ is attempting to identify the owners of damaged or sunken vessels to discuss salvage arrangements."