South Australias govenment has granted approval for the widening of the Adelaide outer hardbour channel.
The project green light means dredging approximately 1.5 million cubic meters of material along the channel to allow access for larger vessels at Port of Adelaide. As the general trend among shipping lines heads to larger more fuel efficent fleets, the govement hopes the increase in access will result in an increased volume.
Concerns remain about the environmental effect the dredging effort will produce. The concerned parties, mainly enviromental and fishing groups, point to the 2005 dredge ploom which resulted in hectares of seagrass loss but the government assures it passed stringent requirements needed.
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