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Funding contributions have come from State Government agencies including Tourism WA, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development and Kimberley Ports Authority

Local economy to benefit from increased cruise vessel visits to Broome from 2019. Kimberley Ports Authority is delighted that the State Government has committed funding to carry out channel and turning basin works at the Port of Broome in readiness for the 2019 cruise season.

The return of Carnival Line to homeporting in Fremantle in 2019 and the possibility of attracting further cruise lines to the Port of Broome will be a great boon for the local tourism sector and retailers. Carnival Line have stated they would like to access the Port of Broome wharf for longer periods and outside of current tidal limits.

CEO Kevin Schellack said, “Channel work investigations are in the early stages and consultants BMT JFA have provided a scope of works and listed the feasibility studies required before the extent of works can be fully identified.

It is currently estimated that 70,000 cubic metres of material may need to be removed from the channel. KPA is investigating a small amount of dredging adjacent to and north of the wharf totaling an additional 15,000 cubic meters of material to be removed.

Environmental studies have commenced with the lodgement of a Sampling Analysis Plan to the Federal Department of Environment and Energy for review and approval. Sediment samples are to be completed in late October and will then undergo laboratory testing to ensure there are no contaminants in the dredge material

A small jack up barge will be utilised in November to complete the geophysical survey by drilling boreholes to determine the properties of the dredge material.

To complete the detailed channel design data collectors for the Metocean studies will be deployed in the channel to determine real time tidal and wave data.

Source: kimberleyports.wa.gov.au