Kimberley Ports Authority (KPA) has appointed York Civil Pty Ltd (York Civil), to carry out a significant renovation of the Port of Broome wharf. The Port of Broome is the principal deepwater port servicing the Kimberley region, and is a critical logistics node which significantly contributes to maintaining and growing the Kimberley economy.

The Wharf Extension of Life Project (Project) will substantially extend the operating life of the original wharf which was constructed in the 1960s.

The Project is funded through the State Government. KPA’s Chairman Mr Laurie Shervington states, “KPA is very grateful to the State of Western Australia and in particular the Department of Transport and Minister for Transport, Hon Dean Nalder for providing  $24.15M in funding for the Project. The funding will enable KPA to continue to facilitate trade through the Kimberley, benefitting the people of Western Australia and port users.”

KPA has appointed Australian engineering and construction company, York Civil, to deliver the design and construct upgrade to the Port of Broome Wharf which will provide additional structural capacity and an extended working life.

York Civil has a long history of undertaking similar marine works at ports across Australia and, in collaboration with KPA, has developed an approach which avoids closure of the wharf thus minimising the impact on vital operations that support the region.

“The wharf is an integral part of the Kimberley economy,” said KPA CEO Kevin Schellack, “consequently it was important that the design and construction methodology selected minimises interruption to port users. York Civil’s proposal should allow KPA to achieve this goal.”

York Civil’s State Manager WA, Dallas Keane, says the company has undertaken similar works on operational ports and wharves in the past. “We understand the importance of maintaining operations as much as possible, so we will be consulting regularly with KPA so they can keep port users informed and, wherever possible, work together to find opportunities to minimise impact on port operations.”

Mr Keane also says York Civil aims to resource various aspects of the works using local labour, services and contractors.

Design works have commenced, with construction expected to begin in late 2015. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2016.

Related Media

Joint Media Release – July 2015

ABC News – Article and audio interview with Kimberley Ports Authority CEO, Kevin Shellack