Transport Minister Rita Saffioti officially opened the Stage 2 of the Exmouth Boat Harbour Upgrade, the most significant transformation of a State-operated marine facility in the last decade.
Exmouth Boat Harbour has been experiencing a high demand for berthing space for both commercial and recreational vessels. The Exmouth Boat Harbour upgrade project consists of a major upgrade to the service wharf, including construction of a heavy lift facility and associated land-side wharf infrastructure.
Exmouth harbour upgrade brings increased capacity and amenities and is set to bring job opportunities and economic growth for Exmouth into the future.
The Department of Transport has been working with various parties to draft a master plan for the future development of the boating facilities in Exmouth. The parties involved in this project are:
- Gascoyne Development Commission.
- Shire of Exmouth.
- Exmouth Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ECCI).
- Local operators.
The original master plan involved Stage 1 construction of boat pens, has been completed. Stage 1 involved construction of Jetty B. This stage was done in two phases and completed in October 2016. Tenders for phase 1 of the project can be reviewed here on Australian Tenders.
The new Jetty B is a new floating pen system, which provides 39 boat pens ranging from 12 to 25 metres. The total cost of this stage was $5 million and it was funded from Department of Transport's (DoT) Maritime Facilities Program. The works included the demolition of the dilapidated Jetty A to the south of the new Jetty.
In June 2016, Wangra-based contractor Ertech had won the $8.3 million contract for work on the project.
The tender, now closed, was also presented on Australian Tenders as: Request for Tenders for the Exmouth Boat Harbour Upgrade Marine Structures and Civil Works (Closed Tender). Ertech’s scope of work under the contract consisted of the biggest component of the $18.3 million project, and includes a 88 meter extension to the wharf, hardstand extension, four new trawler pens, and raising of the southern breakwater.
The State Government has invested $18 million for Stage 2 upgrade. Stage 2 works consist of a major upgrade of the service wharf, including construction of a heavy lift facility and cyclone moorings at the harbour.
Construction of a new fuel farm, fire fighting infrastructure, upgraded road access and a CCTV system will allow the facility to cater to marine and offshore industries.
The completion of the upgrade also encouraged private investment in the harbour with tenant Base Marine investing $4.6 million for a boat repair facility including a 320 tonne capacity boat lifter, offering repair and maintenance capability for the regional fleet.
Exmouth is set to become an increasingly important hub for the maritime industry in the north of Western Australia and these upgrades will enable the facility to service the offshore industry years to come.
According to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti the transformation of Exmouth Boat Harbour will enable significant regional economic development, economic diversity and increased training and job opportunities, which will have long lasting benefits for Exmouth and the wider Gascoyne region.
The benefits include:
- Increased capacity and amenities, bringing the facility into an exciting new era.
- Provide Exmouth Boat Harbour the capability to service vessels locally, which would ordinarily have gone to places like Singapore.
- Seen as an example of the private sector and State Government working together to provide mutually beneficial outcomes for the community and industry.
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