Onboard the Tommy Norton TSHD


In August 2018, I was fortunate to be invited onboard Gippsland Ports’ new trailing suction hopper dredger the Tommy Norton.

The Tommy Norton TSHD has been operating at the Port of Gippsland Lakes since 2017 to deliver safe and reliable ocean access for commercial and recreational vessels that cross the entrance bar at Lakes Entrance, Victoria, Australia.

Maintenance dredging at Lakes Entrance has been going on for more than 120 years and is vital to provide a reliable entrance to the Gippsland Lakes. Maintaining ocean access also reduces the risk and severity of flooding for local communities at Lakes Entrance, Paynesville and Metung and the surrounding agricultural regions

I was fortunate to project manage the world-wide procurement process that led to this new Victorian State-funded $23 million dredge built by Dutch company Damen.

For more information on the Tommy Norton TSHD please watch the video at the link below.



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