Port of Thevenard to reopen in October

REPAIRS: Port of Thevenard site manager Andrew Wilkins at the site last month. The Port is expected to reopen in early October. Picture: Luca Cetta

REPAIRS: Port of Thevenard site manager Andrew Wilkins at the site last month. The Port is expected to reopen in early October. Picture: Luca Cetta

Flinders Ports expects ship loading operations at the Port of Thevenard to recommence in the first week of October following the initial stages of repair work.

The company said in an update on Wednesday that the preliminary support structures had been installed and the implementation of a short-term solution had started.

Repair work started last month and while construction is taking place, the jetty and wharf areas would remain closed as a safety precaution.

“Depending on favourable weather conditions, Flinders Ports estimates that ship loading operations will recommence in the first week of October,” Flinders Ports chief executive officer Vincent Tremaine said.

“Flinders Ports is pleased with the progress of the project.

“Our preliminary safety supports have been installed to provide additional stability to the structure and has ensured that work to the jetty could commence safely.”

The company said construction is well underway as new column supports have already been installed in some areas of the jetty.

Ceduna mayor Allan Suter was pleased with the announcement.

“This is really good news and as good a result as we could have hoped for,” he said.

“It gives some certainty to people who had been left in limbo by the situation at the Port.”

The Port of Thevenard was closed on June 28 due to safety concerns around a section of the concrete jetty that supports the loading conveyor.

Flinders Ports also said that while undertaking repair work to reopen the port in October, it was developing a solution to maintain the jetty in the long term and minimise construction delays in the future, providing the community with a stable and safe piece of infrastructure which would continue to be a part of the local economy for a long time to come.

This would maintain the ongoing viability of the port for its regular users such as Viterra, Iluka Resources, Cheetham Salt and Gypsum Resources Australia.

“Flinders Ports greatly appreciates the continued patience of all stakeholders and port users, and we are greatly looking forward to being able to recommence ship loading operations at the Port of Thevenard as soon as possible,” Mr Tremaine said.

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