Modern Control Tower for Port Hedland Port
July 16: A new marine control tower and operations centre will be built in Port Hedland to allow for the safe and efficient movement of increasing numbers of vessels through the port.
Transport Minister Dean Nalder said when the existing control tower was built more than 45 years ago, fewer than 1,000 vessels moved through the port each year.
By the time the new Integrated Marine Operations Centre is operational in early 2018, the number of vessel movements through Port Hedland will have grown to 6,000 a year.
"This is a significant project for the port. The new $70.7 million operations centre will control the marine operations of the port, including vessel movements through the channel and offshore anchorages," Mr Nalder said.
It will cater for the harbour master operations, dredging management, port security, vessel traffic services and equipment, marine pilot briefing facilities, and incident control.
In May this year, the State Government approved a business case to develop the new facility, including the demolition of the existing control tower.
The port authority has been working with key stakeholders and the local community on the development, role and design of the centre, and will continue to do so throughout the various phases of the project.
The construction will create jobs to the benefit of local suppliers and contractors.
- The port authority will soon call for expressions of interest for the design and construction of the facility with a view to having the centre operational in early 2018