Yarra River dredging may cloud bayside beaches over summer

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The 72-metre long Magnor dredge is the biggest backhoe in the world.

Posted October 17, 2019

Dredging will restart in the Yarra River next month, running 24 hours a day over summer and potentially clouding the bay with "plumes of muddy water".

The Port of Melbourne will send a 72-metre long dredge into the port and southern channel in Port Phillip Bay from November 17 through to February next year.

Routine dredging is done by Port of Melbourne every one to two years to ensure bigger ships can safely berth.

"As Melbourne’s population is growing, larger ships are visiting Melbourne to supply everyday household goods to Victorian families," executive general manager Jim Cooper said.

Source: theage.com.au