Port Hedland gets local jobs boost as Pilbara Ports Authority awards Fremantle-based contractor Total AMS Pty Ltd a contract to undertake the replacement of the Berth 3 deck in Port Hedland. The total budgeted value of the project is $33.5m.
Constructed in the late 1960s, Port Hedland’s Berth 3 is a multi-user facility mostly used for the export of salt, the import of fuels and general cargo. The original deck deteriorated and was replaced in 1988. The deck needs replacement again, with the new design expected to last for at least 50 years.
The project is a pilot project under the McGowan Government’s Western Australian Industry Participation Strategy (WAIPS), designed to provide opportunities for Western Australian businesses to secure work on government contracts.
Total AMS Pty Ltd’s WAIPS Participation Plan estimates about 50 direct employees will deliver the contract, as well as more than 20 for subcontractors. An estimated 75 per cent of the workforce will be based in the Pilbara.
Ports Minister Alannah MacTiernan said it was fantastic to see the outcomes from the WAIPS pilot project, which will deliver a real boost to local workers.
"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,” Minister MacTiernan said.
The Berth 3 project was also completed two months ahead of schedule and about $1.2 million under budget.