Hitachi ZX240LC-3 dredging sand

Situated in Northern New South Wales between Brisbane and Sydney, the coastal city of Coffs Harbour is renowned for its beautiful beaches, serene forests and national parks, adventure sports, as well as exclusive resorts and boutique retreats. Coffs Harbour also played host to the NSW Blues in the lead up to the 2014 State of Origin.

The coastal city is not only home to national icons such as the Big Banana, but also a unique, yet distinguished machine operating along the harbour’s foreshore—a Hitachi ZX240LC-3 Super-Long-Front excavator, which is supporting sand dredging around the city’s jetty and marina.

The NSW Government is committed to maintaining safe navigation and access into ports, river entrances and coastal harbours. These dredging efforts aim to remove vast quantities of sand from channel entrances and shorelines to improve conditions for commercial fishing vessels, recreational boaters, tourism operators and yachts.

Coffs Harbour City Council Plant Coordinator, David Robertson, said, “The decision to purchase the new Hitachi resulted from Council’s strict selection process which evaluates areas such as pricing, service and back-up, environmental considerations, mechanical and work health and safety (WHS) field testing.”

The excavator’s primary role is the removal of sand from the city’s boat ramp, which becomes silted as a result of sand migration into the harbour.

“When the excavator is not being used in long-reach applications, it is converted back into a standard boom and stick combination for general maintenance and construction activities on Council infrastructure,” said David.

“The Council’s workshop has developed cradles to hold the boom during changeover, which eliminates the need for a crane. On average, this process takes approximately three hours from the time the excavator slips off the float and returns back on to the float.”

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