PORT of Melbourne has awarded the contract for Stage 1 of the Swanson Dock West remediation project to McConnell Dowell.

The project includes the remediation and upgrade of the existing wharf structure.

Port of Melbourne CEO Saul Cannon said he was excited to see the project progressing as part of Port of Melbourne’s 2050 Port Development Strategy.

“Swanson Dock West wharf structures must be remediated and upgraded to enable us to continue to handle container vessels for the next 50 years,” he said.

“The existing Swanson Dock West wharf is of varying ages and forms of construction. Sections of the wharf are close to or beyond the typical design life of 30 years and as a result, major remediation is needed.”

McConnell Dowell general manager in Victoria and Tasmania David Sims said the company was thrilled to be continuing its long-standing relationship with Port of Melbourne.

“Swanson Dock West will be the fifth project we’ve delivered for Port of Melbourne since 2017 and that means continued jobs and employment opportunities for our local staff, subcontractors and suppliers,” Mr Sims said.

Swanson Dock West International Container Terminal currently has a three-berth operation. Port of Melbourne’s three-stage program has been developed to enable it to maintain a two-berth operation for the duration of the works.

Swanson Dock West comprises a 944-metre wharf with three container-handling berths, which were built in several stages between the 1960s and 1980s.