PORT Botany’s Bulk Liquid Berth 1 is open for business after NSW Ports installed a new gangway tower.
The berth has been closed to shipping for the past three weeks while works were underway.
NSW Ports general manager operations and environment Jonathan Lafforgue said the gangway tower would ensure safe access for both large and small ships and improve berth efficiency by reducing berth occupancy time by more than 30 minutes for each ship calling at the berth.
“New infrastructure like this gangway increases the capacity of the berth allowing NSW Ports to facilitate the handling of larger ships in line with our 30 Year Masterplan,” he said.
“The Navigator Phoenix gas ship, which is loading from Perth, will be the first ship to use the new tower on Monday evening.”
The gangway was manufactured in the Netherlands by Verhoef Access Technologies and was shipped to Port Botany in five 40-foot open-top containers.
The gangway tower features a 22-metre carbon steel column section, with lightweight marine-grade aluminium stairways and a gangway telescoping ladder with self-levelling stairs to reduce weight and loads.
The gangway has a 90-degree slewing range, meaning that it can move horizontally and at an angle to give it flexibility and suit ships with freeboards as low as 1.8 metres, or as high as 18.7 metres.
The gangway’s electrical and control system was designed and certified for safe use in classified hazardous (flammable) atmospheres.
Other features include lightning protection; personnel protection sprinkler systems; Chartec structural fire protection; hazardous area certified LED floodlights; hazardous area CCTV cameras; and two infrared flame detectors.
The gangway tower project took two years from project concept to commissioning.