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Whyalla Jetty

20.02.2019 12:03

Media release

South Australian partnership to build jetty

The City of Whyalla has proudly entered a partnership with a South Australian company to build its new jetty.

Family-owned Maritime Constructions has been appointed as the builder for Whyalla’s innovative new jetty. Council CEO Chris Cowley said he was pleased the extensive tender process had settled on a South Australian company with such impressive marine construction credentials.

Maritime Constructions has been in operation since 1996. The Port Adelaide-based company has completed hundreds of marine projects and logged more than one million hours at sea. It has worked on every jetty in South Australia and was involved in the design and construction of the new Rapid Bay jetty on the Fleurieu Peninsula in 2009.

The company has also completed marine structures, with a similar construction to the new Whyalla jetty, in Wyndham and Monkey Mia in Western Australia.

Maritime Constructions is currently constructing the new Thevenard Marine Offloading Facility for the Ceduna Council while completing the OMSB Marine Support Base at Onslow (WA) and undertaking numerous other works throughout South Australia. It has undertaken works for 20 of South Australia’s regional Councils over the past 12 months and recently completed the installation of new navigation aids for SIMEC mining in Whyalla. 

Maritime Constructions list of awards include the 2012 WA Engineering Excellence Award for the design and construction of Anthon's Landing Jetty, Wyndham. It has also won four CCF Earth Awards for construction of the Semaphore Park Offshore Breakwater (2010), construction of the Rapid Bay jetty (2009), sediment management at the Patawalonga Lakes System (2015) and dredging of the River Torrens (1998) and the Murray Mouth (2004).

“Maritime Constructions ticks all the boxes for a project that has been proudly managed by Council to ensure as much local content and involvement as possible,” Mr Cowley said.

“Jetties aren’t built every day but that’s what Maritime Constructions do … they build jetties and all things maritime.”

“They are a proud award-winning South Australian and have already committed to more than $2.5m of this project going back into our local community through supply, labour and materials.”

That $2.5m work staying local includes precast fabrication, steelwork fabrication, steel coatings (paint), civil and earthworks, transport and haulage, plant hire, electrical works, commercial diving and labour. Approximately 40 per cent of the budget will be spent in Whyalla.

Maritime Constructions work crews will consist of about 30 per cent local workers with the company on the lookout for suitably qualified boilermakers, riggers, crane operators and those with a marine ticket.

Maritime Constructions’ Manager - Harbours & Marine, Adam Bolton said the company liked to partner with its clients and local communities to achieve cost-effective and highly innovative solutions with complex projects in the dynamic marine environment.

The company is no stranger to Whyalla, having worked on projects for SIMEC (the mining arm of steelworks owners GFG Alliance) while it also has several family connections with Whyalla within its existing 100-plus workforce.

“We are a family-owned company and a lot of our people have a connection with Whyalla,” Mr Bolton said.

“This is a super exciting project for us, we’ve been tracking this since it was first announced and it’s just the sort of project we’ve been looking for since we finished the Rapid Bay jetty.

“It is a unique project that is going to utilise all our skills and require some really innovative solutions.

“It will be a huge value-add to the community and a unique feature that is going to put Whyalla on the map.”

Mr Bolton said the construction process would basically involve work crews on a barge demolishing the existing jetty. The barge would then be used to drive the new piles into the seabed before using a “build out” shore-based method which will see the jetty gradually extend out during the construction process. 

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