THE BERTH 3 deck and fender replacement project in Port Hedland, a pilot project under the WA Industry Participation Strategy, has been completed two months ahead of schedule, according to the state government.

The government reported that not only had the project been completed early, it was also about $1.2m under budget, coming in at $32.5m.

The project was delivered by WA company Total AMS, with 61 direct employees and more than 27 subcontractors, at least 75% of them from the Pilbara, Kimberley and Gascoyne regions.

Berth 3 is one of Pilbara Ports Authority’s common user berths, primarily used for the export of salt and import of fuels and general cargo.

Works included the demolition of the existing deck, replacement of ship loader rail beams, construction of a new reinforced concrete deck, installation of new wharf fenders and other ancillary works.

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The WAIPS became fully operational in October 2018 and aims to provide local businesses with full, fair and reasonable opportunities to access and perform state government supply contracts.

Ports minister Alannah MacTiernan said, “The Berth 3 replacement is an important project for the Pilbara, helping to create long-term sustainable jobs in Port Hedland and ensuring that industry has the most up-to-date infrastructure in place to facilitate ongoing trade opportunities”.

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