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Kimberley Ports Authority


$14.93 million


Broome, Western Australia

Contract Period:

June 2015 - September 2016

Broome Wharf Extension of Life

York Civil was awarded the design and construct contract to significantly renovate the Port of Broome wharf. The Port of Broome is the principal deep water port servicing the Kimberley region, and is a critical logistics node which significantly contributes to maintaining the growing Kimberley economy.

The original wharf, built in the 1960’s, was upgraded to provide additional structural capacity and substantially extend its operating life. The project was funded through the State Government, which allowed Kimberley Ports Authority (KPA) to continue to facilitate trade through the port, providing benefits for the people of Western Australia and port users.

The scope of works included;

  • assessment of the condition of the Wharf neck, Wharf transition and Wharf head
  • development of a design and construct solution to refurbish and reinforce the Wharf
  • application of a protective coating to all new steelwork, existing steelworks and surfaces exposed during construction

York Civil, in collaboration with KPA, developed an approach to the works to avoid closure of the wharf, minimising disruptions to the vital operations that support the region. York Civil has delivered similar works on operational ports and wharves in the past, and therefore understand the importance of maintaining operations as much as possible.

During construction, York Civil continuously worked with KPA to find further opportunities to minimise the impact of the works on port operations. As a result of our collaborative relationship with KPA, York Civl was able to complete the project two months ahead of schedule.

Various aspects of the works were resourced using local labour, services and contractors to further support the local community and stimulate the economy.

Related Media

KPA and York Civil joint media release

ABC News article and audio interview with KPA CEO Kevin Shellack