22/07/2010 - 11:17

$43m Freo Berth 10 reconstruction opened

22/07/2010 - 11:17

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The $43 million re-construction of Berth 10 at Fremantle Port's North Quay by Thiess Georgiou has been opened and can now berth large ships.

$43m Freo Berth 10 reconstruction opened

The $43 million re-construction of Berth 10 at Fremantle Port's North Quay by Thiess Georgiou has been opened and can now berth large ships.

The original Berth 10 was build 1957 and was unsuitable for big container ships.

The reconstruction is part of the $250 million Inner Harbour deepening and associated berth works.

It is one of the biggest and most significant infrastructure projects undertaken at the port since the opening of Fremantle Harbour in 1897.

"The berth has been completed on time and within budget. More importantly, attention to safety by the contractor, Thiess Georgiou Joint Venture, ensured that there were no lost time injuries," said Transport Minister Simon O'Brien.

"The average size of container ships calling at Fremantle has increased by more than 85 per cent in the past 15 years," he said.

"Retaining direct services by the bigger ships will enable our imports and exports to remain competitive, with flow on benefits to consumers.

"Bigger ships need bigger cranes to service them and this imposes heavier loads on wharf structures, hence the importance of the berth strengthening and deepening of the harbour channels," said Mr O'Brien

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