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PPA announces $120m Channel Risk and Optimisation Project in Port Hedland


Posted by Monica Gameng

The Pilbara Ports Authority will be delivering a second major port project in line with the Integrated Marine Operations Centre (IMOC) - Port Heldand's $120 million Channel Risk and Optimisation Project (CROP).

The main goal of this project is to reduce the risk of obstructions in the Port Hedland shipping channel, as well as enable port users to enhance the tonnages on their vessels.

The CROP is a two-year project and will be delivering the following:

  • Creation of a new emergency passing lane
  • Extension of a deep water refuge zone and use of existing deeper depths along the tidally constrained 42-kilometre channel

CROP will also be optimising the utilisation of the channel for the benefit of the port users because of the following:

  • Sailing windows will be extended
  • The creation of wider separations between departing vessels in a convoy
  • Potentially allowing additional vessels to depart on the tidal window

The CROP is one of three projects which is funded by the Port Improvement Rate - a temporary levy for vessels entering and exiting the harbour - and it funds the capital improvements which will sustain long-term operations and development of Port Hedland's port.

The Pilbara Port Authority is working closely with State and Federal agencies so that appropriate environmental approvals will be obtained for the Channel Risk Optimisation Project.

Invitation for EOIs are expected in 2017.

Watch this space for more updates on this project.

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Monica Gameng

Monica Gameng

As PlantMiner's Marketing Assistant since 2015, Monica is responsible for researching and sharing new and progressing projects within the construction and mining sectors in Australia. It's no surprise that Monica has her finger on the pulse of Australian major projects given she has produced more than 1000 posts. She truly is an industry expert. Monica's passion for educating and inspiring readers saw the PlantMiner blog recognised by Feedspot as one of the Best Australian Construction Blogs in 2018 and 2019. PlantMiner is Australia's largest online construction marketplace. Sign up as a vendor to find and engage with civil and commercial contractors across Australia. Alternatively, if you're looking for plant and equipment you can compare equipment and subcontractor quotes from vendors near you in just a few steps.