- Tender awarded for pilot project under the WA Industry Participation Strategy, creating almost 50 local jobs
- $33.5 million Berth 3 replacement works expected to be completed in late October
Work is underway on the $33.5 million replacement of the Berth 3 deck and fender at the Port of Port Hedland, a project that will create almost 50 local jobs.
The project is a pilot project under the McGowan Government’s WA Industry Participation Strategy (WAIPS), designed to maximise opportunities for Western Australian businesses to secure work on government contracts.
Successful tenderer Total AMS Pty Ltd’s WAIPS Participation Plan estimates the project will directly deliver almost 50 local jobs, as well as more than 20 subcontractor positions. About 75 per cent of the workforce will be Pilbara-based.
Originally constructed in the late 1960s, Berth 3 is a multi-user berth that is primarily used for the export of salt and the import of fuels. The deck was replaced in 1988 due to deterioration.
The project’s initial design and construction contract was terminated with York Civil Pty Ltd, following the company entering voluntary administration and ceasing trading in August 2018.
Pilbara Ports Authority engaged key subcontractors to complete preparatory demolition work and the design and material supply, before inviting tenders for the construction of the project.
Total AMS Pty Ltd will now commence construction works including the demolition of the existing deck, construction of a new reinforced concrete deck, installation of new wharf fenders and other ancillary works.
The project is expected to be completed by late October 2019.
Comments attributed to Ports Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
“Berth 3 has deteriorated as a result of the harsh and salty environment. This project will use technology advances and a better understanding of the working environment to provide a deck that is expected to last for 50 years.
“We are committed to providing the best port infrastructure to support users to facilitate ongoing trade, which in turn will sustain local jobs and local industry.
“It is fantastic to see the outcomes from this pilot WAIPS project, which will deliver a real boost to local workers.
“The project will require periodic closure of the berth however, Pilbara Ports Authority has worked closely with port users, including Dampier Salt Ltd, to put in place an agreed access arrangement and to minimise disruption to their important trade activities.”