TASPORTS has concluded a berth strengthening project at the Port of Burnie.

The work began in February this year and involved upgrading two main stern fenders at Berth 4.

TasPorts has confirmed the second and third parallel motion fenders at the berth have now been replaced with two new super cone fenders. TasPorts has already commissioned the new fenders.

“The success of the project is largely due to the teamwork and communication between the contractor, Batchelor Construction Group; the engineering design work from Tasmanian Consulting Services; and TasPorts’ technical, operational and project teams,” TasPorts said.

“With the wharf constructed in 1890 and with few construction details available, the project teams needed to show agility and action several design changes given condition and construction issues that were uncovered along the way.”

TasPorts said the project has not only delivered an improved fendering system but has also contributed to the longevity of the asset and a better understanding of the berth overall.

Berth 4 is the berth used by the Strait Link vessels, which sail between Melbourne and Burnie.