The Berth 3 deck and fender replacement project in Port Hedland has finished early, under budget and the majority of the workforce that helped complete the project came from WA’s North-West.
The Berth 3 deck at Pilbara Ports is one of the nine pilot projects under the Western Australian Industry Participation Strategy.
Not only were almost 75 per cent of the regional workers from the Pilbara, Kimberley and Gascoyne area, but the project was delivered by WA company Total AMS.
The Berth was also $1.2 million under budget and was completed two months ahead of schedule, with the project originally expected to be finished in late October.
The replacement project included the design and demolition of the existing concrete deck and adjacent storage shed, design and construction of a new reinforced concrete deck, new wharf fenders, and other ancillary works.
Berth 3 is one of the Pilbara Ports Authority’s common user berths, which is primarily used for the export of salt and the import of fuels and general cargo.
Ports Minister Alannah MacTiernan said the completion of the Berth 3 replacement was a great outcome for the State.
“Not only did a WA company deliver this project, they did it with a predominantly regional workforce, which is exactly what we want to achieve with the WAIPS,” she said.
"The Berth 3 project was also completed two months ahead of schedule and about $1.2 million under budget - great news for WA taxpayers.”
"The Berth 3 replacement is an important project for the Pilbara, helping to create long-term sustainable jobs in Port Hedland and ensuring that industry has the most up-to-date infrastructure in place to facilitate ongoing trade opportunities."
Representatives from the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation visited Berth 3 in late August, as part of the WA Industry Link Regional Communications Forum in the Pilbara.
The Communications Forum heads to the Goldfields-Esperance region later this month, with an event in Kalgoorlie on September 18. To find out more about this event, click here.