BESIX Australia: completion of new harbor infrastructure in Port Hedland

22 January 2019

BESIX and Decmil have built new berthing and mooring facilities, an approach jetty, access walkways as well as facilities specific to harbor tugs and their services to Capesize vessel’ movements into the harbor

Executive Summary

  • The Decmil BESIX Joint Venture has completed and delivered Fortescue Metals Group’s new tug facilities at Port Hedland (Western Australia);
  • New infrastructure include innovative solutions, including safe moorings for the tugs for cyclonic weather conditions;
  • Works have been carried on with a perfect safety record and were delivered in advance of the arrival of the tugs.

BESIX Group is pleased to announce the group and its Australian partner Decmil have completed the construction of Marine and Onshore Infrastructure for Tug Infrastructure at Port Hedland, Western Australia. The contract was awarded to the Decmil BESIX Joint Venture by Fortescue Metals Group in March 2017 and included complex marine and onshore infrastructure.

Amongst the new infrastructure, BESIX and Decmil have built new berthing and mooring facilities, an approach jetty, access walkways as well as facilities specific to harbor tugs and their services to Capesize vessel’ movements into the harbor.

Besides construction, the Joint Venture was also in charge of the design of the new facilities. In this regard, BESIX’s in-house Engineering Department has developed innovative solutions, including safe moorings for the tugs for cyclonic weather conditions, that have been incorporated into the new infrastructure.

Bram Gruwez, BESIX National Manager in Australia: “The Tug Infrastructure is typical of BESIX’s cutting-edge expertise in the marine works field. It is also our second project in the Pilbara region, a remote part of North Western Australia. We are proud about the final result. Outstanding relations with our partner Decmil were in this regard decisive. It also contributed to deliver the new infrastructure on time for the arrival of the tugs and with a perfect safety record.”
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