Corrosion resistance, durability and an extended service life with reduced maintenance costs were key priorities for Flinders Ports in the recent construction of their new Berth 8 Outer Harbour Grain Wharf.
The concrete wharf is made up of a concrete deck and beams on piles, 228 metres long with a roadway along the quay, deep rail support beams and two 36m wide access ramps. It is designed to berth Panamax and Post-Panamax vessels and will support a travelling shiploader. A total of approx 4,500 cubic metres of concrete was poured involving approximately 14,500 kg's of Xypex Admix C-1000 NF.
Xypex Admix C-1000 NF was specified as the most suitable product to effectively protect and improve the berths concrete structures for the specified 50 year structure life. Xypex Admix C-1000 NF is particularly suited to this wharf structure as its chemical composition slows the diffusion of chloride penetration, ensuring protection from the harsh marine environment.
The wharf and associated works construction is now complete, and the wharf facility is expected to commence grain export operations in 2007.
The project was managed by Egis Projects Asia Pacific Pty Ltd. The wharf was designed by Maunsell Australia Pty Ltd and constructed by Built Environs Pty Ltd.