Enviro ferry success continues with new berthing facility
The six environmentally friendly Transit Systems ferries that call Gladstone Harbour home now have a more permanent sanctuary, with the opening of the new Gladstone Berthing Facility.
The newly constructed facility was officially opened on Tuesday 19 March 2013 with VIP guests including Gladstone Ports Planning and Development General Manager Gary Carter, Australia Pacific LNG Downstream Project Manager David Lundeen, Gladstone Mayor Cr Gail Sellers, Gladstone Deputy Mayor Cr Matt Burnett and Transit Systems CEO Clint Feuerherdt.
The Berthing Facility is made of a concrete floating dock, which has been shown to enhance the habitat for local marine life by providing a large colonisation surface for marine organisms - resistant to tidal wash and change that organisms battle on a natural surface such as rocky shores, shorelines and also the traditional wooden pilings.
The use of a floating concrete dock doesn’t just provide a more stable environment for organisms, it also means less bottom disturbance and eliminated risk of timber leeching, as evidenced in traditional underwater timber structures.
We’re pleased to operate our state of the art vessels in conjunction with leading berthing facilities and hope that this combination of proactive environmental initiatives helps to further preserve the local waterways.