As part of a scheduled operational restart campaign for the zinc mine New Century will dredge the port to bring the channel back to 3.2m depth to allow transhipment of up to 5000 tonne parcels of zinc concentrate from the port to bulk cargo export vessels waiting 20km offshore.
The 2018 dredging program will be solely funded by New Century to the tune of $6.8 million, and represent the first dredging activities to be undertaken at Karumba since early 2016.
The dredging program will run for about 60 days.
New Century is on track to restart operations at the Century mine, with first production expected to begin in August.
Annual dredging will take place at Karumba following this campaign, which will also benefit third party users of the Karum...