Dec 11, 2020

Wharf extension kicks off in port projects push

Wharf extension kicks off in port projects push The extension to Wharf 1 will improve Port of Mackay's capability to handle extra-long cargoes.

Three significant infrastructure projects supporting 100 jobs are underway at the Port of Mackay in the run-up to Christmas, as work to extend Wharf 1 kicks off.

Queensland-based company Davbridge Constructions will deliver the $2.4 million extension project.

The project comes as upgrades on Wharf 4 reach the final stages with the installation of the 60-tonne steel access bridge by contractor V2R Projects.

Also progressing is the $1.5 million stabilisation of the western revetment with Queensland-based contractors MGN Civil arriving on site earlier this month.

North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation (NQBP) chief executive officer Nicolas Fertin said the 120sq m extension of the Wharf 1 access bridge at the Port of Mackay would improve infrastructure capability to handle extra-long (up to 95m) cargoes.

“This will position the Port of Mackay to be able to take advantage of new, diversified trade opportunities such as rail, or renewables projects,” he said.

Davbridge Constructions construction manager Jim Downes and project manager Alex Graff with NQBP senior project engineer Anoop Pillai and engineering and planning manager Hossein Saadai.

Davbridge Constructions project manager Alex Graff said the company had hit the ground running.

“This project will allow us to showcase Davbridge’s marine construction expertise and support the local economy,” Mr Graff said.

“Throughout the six-month project we will support over 30 local jobs from around 15 local businesses.”

The projects are part of NQBP’s extensive 2020-21 works program for Mackay and Hay Point, worth more than $17 million.

The new 60-tonne bridge deck at Wharf Four being lowered in to place.