15/11/2017 - 15:49

$30m in contracts awarded for port development

15/11/2017 - 15:49

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Contracts totaling $30 million have been awarded to Austral Construction and marine solutions business TAMS Group to replace ageing channel markers offshore and within the port of Port Hedland.

Almost 40 navigation aids will be replaced at the port of Port Hedland. Photo: Attila Csaszar

Contracts totalling $30 million have been awarded to Austral Construction and marine solutions business TAMS Group to replace ageing channel markers offshore and within the port of Port Hedland.

The upgrades to the world’s biggest bulk export port are expected to support the port and broader Pilbara’s ability to facilitate trade growth demand.

Austral Construction is set to design, supply and install 35 new channel markers to replace the existing offshore markers.

Works are due to commence early next year.

Three times Business News Rising Star winner TAMS will replace three landside navigation aids, with works due to start in December.

The two contracts were awarded following separate open tender processes.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the channel marker replacement program would ensure the ongoing safe and reliable navigation system for vessels entering and departing port waters for the next 25 years.

“As most of the navigation aids are between 28 and 40 years old, and have exceeded their design life, the program will reduce the risk of these critical structures failing and negatively impacting on vessel operations," she said.

“The replacement program will also comply with current maritime standards and industry best practice for aids to navigation and improved structural integrity and maintainability of the navigation aids.”

Port operations will not be affected during construction.

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