New Wharf, New Jobs For Hunter Wharfies

The completion of the $25 million refurbishment of wharves at the former BHP steelworks site in Newcastle was marked this week with the stevedoring of two 250-tonne transformers onto oversized trucks using the cranes of the heavy-lift vessel Victoria Scan.

The delivery is for for the Bayswater power station.

The shipment signalled the commissioning of the refurbished former iron ore berth, the first infrastructure project to be completed at Mayfield, on time and budget, Newcastle Port Corporation told the Newcastle Herald.

The 265-metre wharf is part of 90 hectares of corporation-controlled land riverside to about 150 hectares of the steelworks site the Hunter Development Corporation controls.

The berth consists of a 3630 square-metre wharf apron and about 8745 of hardstand, a hard-surfaced area for cargo handling and storage. The project used materials recycled from the old berth, including 4000 tonnes of concrete, the Herald reported.

The corporation has developed a concept plan for its strategically located land, which would be divided into precincts: a berth precinct, bulk and general precinct, general purpose, bulk liquid and a container terminal.

Further expansion will come when decontamination of the old steelwords site is complete