PMG are very busy on the Port of Mackay’s new tug berth project. This project is a design and build for North Queensland Bulk Ports, and the project aims to create tug berthing facilities within Mackay Harbour, as currently the tugs servicing the harbour have to berth elsewhere, which introduces operational constraints and inefficiencies.
This is especially of interest to PMG as we own and operate the Mackay Slipway, located within the Port of Mackay, and this project is to be built right next door.
The facility PMG are producing will be a 35m x 6.4m x 1.8 steel pontoon, which is being built on-site in PMG’s Townsville marine fabrication facility. Vehicular access to the pontoon will be via a 41m x 3.3m steel gangway, which is also being fabricated in our workshop. The pontoon will be mounted on 4 off 900mm diameter steel piles. All blasting and painting will be completed in PMG’s own dedicated on-site paint facility. Additional features of the project include:
- Pontoon guide piles;
- Abutment retaining wall structure and rock revetment;
- Security access gate;
- Gangway structure wide enough to take service utility vehicles;
- Connection of potable water from the existing potable water main;
- Pontoon furniture such as bollards, fenders, mooring rope hangers, safety rings, safety ladders, fire extinguishers, navigational safety lights;
- Gangway and pontoon lighting; and
- Construction of the land side electrical works to the Tug Berths facility.
Works completed to date include geotechnical drilling and design completion, a significant proportion of the off site pontoon and gangway fabrication and on site rock wall refurbishment. We are on site at the moment completing electrical and civil works.
The project will be utilising a number of Mackay and Townsville based subcontractors, and we thank NQBP for giving a local company the opportunity to complete this project, and fabricate all the steelwork right here in Queensland.