ATTEMPTS were expected to be made this morning to retrieve a partially submerged excavator near the almost-completed new four lane boat ramp at Portland Harbour.
The excavator is owned and operated by Australian Project Solutions, which is a sub-contractor working on the boat ramp project.
The machine ended up in the water on Saturday morning after operating on unstable ground.
Brian Williamson, the managing director of the project’s major contractor Porthaul said attempts were made to retrieve the excavator yesterday but the machine’s bucket is acting as a deadweight because it is full of silt, and the silt was also acting as suction for the machine.
“We called off our attempts … the excavator engine was unable to be started, so we will leave it to the experts from Australian Project Solutions to fix the engine – once that happens, it should be easy to retrieve,” he said.
“No-one was injured in the incident, and hopefully it will be operating again very soon.”