Nova Scotia

Sydney harbour dredging to begin

The dredging ship that will deepen the channel into Sydney's inner harbour has arrived in port.

The dredging ship that will deepen the channel into Sydney's inner harbour has arrived in port.

Dutch-company Boskalis was contracted by Sydney Ports Corporation in April. Work will begin Sunday.

"They'll be able to see a vessel that's not normally in the shipping channel moving back and forth, and they'll also see the material being deposited at Sydport into an area called the confined disposal field," said Jim Wooder, manager of the dredge project for the corporation.

A deeper harbour will be able to accommodate bigger vessels, according to the corporation.

Wooder said the dredge material would be used to create a platform for a future marine terminal.

"It's a significant area, approximately 175 acres (70.8 hectares), so it'll be quite visible for anybody who wants to see it," he said.

The dredging alone will cost approximately $25 million and should take six to eight weeks.