COASTAL DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS BENEFIT FROM TAKING AN INTEGRATED APPROACH
4Sight is currently working alongside Worley Parson engineers to deliver a range of port projects, including redeveloped cargo yard and wharf facilities, and continued maintenance dredging and offshore disposal for Eastland Port Ltd.
4Sight are currently investigating various options for improving breakwater protection and extended vessel berthing/loading facilities. This has included, among other things:
Preparing environmental impact assessments;
Contaminated land management;
Working alongside various specialists such as acoustic engineers and archaeologists.
Our role was recently extended, and 4Sight are now responsible for managing Eastland Port's resource consent compliance programme. We are also currently preparing a Port Environmental Management Plan which covers port and related inland cargo.
Eastland Port recently lodged coastal permit applications for continued maintenance dredging and offshore disposal. As a result, we were required to review the Port of Gisborne's historical dredging and water quality data. The aim of doing so was to assess the port's significance as a settlement area for juvenile crayfish, which some stakeholders see as an important issue.
By joining forces with our engineering partner, Worley Parson, 4Sight have been able to give the client a service offering which encompasses planning, environmental and engineering services – all of which are in relation to the development and maintenance of the port.
As a result of successful stakeholder consultation, the consent for continued maintenance dredging has been lodged on a limited notified basis. The port has also established a company-wide compliance management system – with clearly allocated responsibilities – thanks to 4Sight's ongoing compliance support.
4Sight has been Eastland Port's trusted planning and environmental consultancy for a number of years and has worked on a number of coastal development projects that straddle the land-coastal marine area interface, particularly in terms of new or extended infrastructure.
The experience we've gained from working on projects involving ports, marinas, walkways and wharves has given us significant insight into the inner-workings of local government, and in particular how to navigate their clients through complex RMA and related environmental matters.
Thanks to our experience working on a wide range of coastal projects, 4Sight's staff members have a deep understanding of the type of consents required and how to obtain them in a short period of time. A significant advantage of working with 4Sight is our ability to combine this knowledge with our own technical expertise in marine ecology, water quality management and contaminated land remediation.