Qube Ports & Bulk Aims to Deliver Port Capacity at Dampier28th October 2013 –
QUBE is developing a logistics solution to alleviate vessel congestion issues in Port Dampier and facilitate the importation of large, modular and containerised cargo opening up the area for direct shipment and commercial opportunities for the Port and local community. The project commenced in August 2013 and includes a 100m transfer barge, construction of a new 60m long barge berth and hard stand cargo laydown area next to the existing Dampier cargo wharf.
The facility will provide the ability for vessels (heavy lift, RoRo or general cargo) to discharge at safe anchorage, off-loading cargo to QUBE’s specialised cargo barge for transfer to the shore facility rather than waiting on demurrage for berth access. The barge is able to be ballasted and has been designed to enable Pre Assemble Modules (PAM) to be discharged from the stern direct to the wharf; while the barge has an 11m bow door for roll on roll off operations at all tides.
The wharf deck will have a section of removable steel wedge inserts to expose a concrete ramp to enable QUBE’s barge to drop the ramp and facilitate exchange operations in lower tide conditions. The steel inserts can be placed as required to enable PAM discharge giving a level operational wharf when required.
Essentially a RoRo floating deck, it will provide a new capability to the Port and region fulfilling a need for heavy equipment, Pre Assembled Modules and other major pieces of plant, construction and infrastructure transfers supporting the growth in the resources sector and to facilitate trade through the port. The facility will have Maritime security and a dedicated AQIS approved wash bay for large cargo including pipe and earth moving and construction equipment.
The project is currently in the construction stage and due for completion in January 2014. For more information contact Dean Wells on 0412-424 500.