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 WA 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.
Source: WA Government