Maroochy River Dredging Completed

Posted on 15/09/15

Moroochy Foreshore Replenishment Dredging Project 

The Maroochy River Dredging and Beach Nourishment Works for 2015 has been completed by Neumann Contractors.

The Sunshine Coast Council (SCC) required the dredging of sand within the Maroochy River. This involved the mobilisation of the 450mm Cutter Suction Dredge the “Nu Endeavour” through the Maroochy River mouth and the dredging of 75,000m3 of sand through an existing 400mm diameter pipeline located in the dunes. This sand was used to renourish a 1.5km stretch of beach between the Maroochydore and Alexandra Headlands Surf Lifesaving Clubs.

Nu Endeavour

The Nu Endeavour is a 450mm Cutter Suction Dredge It is 34.78m long and has a maximum digging depth of 15m. It has a total power of 1,454KW (1,500hp) and has the capacity of pumping up to 650m3 of sand per hour up to a distance of 1,000m.

Scope of Work

The requirements particular to the operation included:


Due to the migration and spawning activities of commercially and recreationally important species of fish within the area. Dredging could not occur during the two days prior, the day of and two days after the new and full moons.

Despite these restrictions and with a four month time frame available, the dredging and beach nourishment works were completed in under 2 months.

Maroochy Foreshore Replenishment Project 2015 - Google Map