I thought people might be interested in this picture. It is the sand pumping ship working off Palm Beach. The spray (or “rainbow”) is the sand and water being sprayed towards the beach. Gold Coast Council are replacing the sand that was eroded off the beach in a series of storms over the last few years. This year’s Beach Nourishing Project is costing the Gold Coast Council $13.9 million. The 111m long dredge Balder R, is working along parts of the Gold Coast for 16 weeks. It is a 24 hour 7 day a week operation. The dredge picks up the sand off Currumbin Beach, then either dumps it near the shore or sprays the sand and water slurry towards the beach.
Sand Pumping Dredge Spraying Sand at Palm Beach Gold Coast.
The erosion at Palm Beach, particularly near Currumbin Creek training walls, has been so bad that there was almost a breach through to the lagoon behind the beach. The sand on the Gold Coast normally moves in a northerly direction, so sand is taken at the southern end of Palm Beach and moves to the northern end. This is why the beach is very wide on the south side of the Tallebudgera Creek training wall.
Barge, Boat, Ship or Dredge?
The media is referring to the Balder R as a barge. Given its size and I believe it sailed here from Denmark under its own power, I would have thought that makes it a boat or ship. Does anyone know?
About the Picture
I took this picture from about 3km away, with a 429mm equivalent 35mm lens. I have tried to photograph it from the actual beach, but it had finished and left in the time it took to drive to the beach. You can click on the above image to see the compressed and cropped image in a higher resolution.
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