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Portside Wharf Cruise Ship Terminal

Client: Multiplex (QLD)
Capabilities: Construction, Piling, Sheet Piling
Region: Brisbane (Queensland)
Completed: April 2006

The Portside project is a major port renewal and residential development on the Hamilton Reach of the Brisbane River. The development includes the construction of a cruise ship terminal for the berthing of cruise ships up to 80,000 tonnes and up to 230m long.

Waterway Constructions designed and constructed the wharf works. To provide the most cost effective facility, a solution was devised that involved complete reconstruction of part of the wharf and reuse of a portion of the existing wharf which was in good condition. In the refurbished section of the wharf dolphins were constructed which were separated from the existing wharf to avoid berthing loads being transmitted into the existing wharf. The contract also included dredging of the river to provide the required vessel draft.

The works included:-

  • Construction of 100m of new wharf constructed using precast concrete units topped with a cast-in-situ slab.
  • Reconstruction of 1500sqm of wharf, including a new structural deck cast over the existing wharf deck.
  • Construction of a new 60 metre long access ramp.
  • Construction of eight (8) new berthing dolphins, five (5) of which were incorporated into the new wharf structure and three (3) free standing.
  • The wharf and dolphins are supported on steel tube piles up to 42 metres long with tested tension capacities up to 2600kN per pile.
  • Dredging 40,000m³ of sediment from under the wharf and in the berthing pocket.
  • Construction of an underwater sheet pile wall to prevent bank scour.
Portside Wharf Cruise Ship Terminal
Portside Wharf Cruise Ship Terminal

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