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New deepwater port and industrial precinct for the Pilbara
The Western Australian State
Government has identified Anketell, 30
kilometres east of Karratha and ten
kilometres from Cape Lambert, as the
next major deepwater iron ore port for
The multi-user deepwater port and
industrial precinct will complement Port
Hedland and Dampier ports.
Western Australia's Premier Colin
Barnett said that the Government would
spend $3.5 million during the next three
years to plan and prepare an Industrial
Precinct Development Agreement for
the project including commercial,
legal and engineering advice to negotiate
"Anketell was first identified during the
1970s as a potential iron ore port. Now,
40 years later, the government is
helping make this project happen,"
Mr Barnett said.
"The port will be serviced by
existing towns, especially nearby
Karratha, providing further business
and development opportunities for
"This project will help Western
Australia develop and the revenue it will
generate will help pay for our schools,
hospitals and other services."
The precinct, which would ultimately
include a port with more than 350
million tonnes annual (mtpa) export
capacity, an industrial area of more than
1,400ha and a corridor for transport and
services, would be developed to
accommodate a range of users and
different mineral commodities.
The port would have a cap placed on
it in future to ensure the viability of
The multi-user port will be built by a
private proponent under an agreement
with the state government.
Three significant iron ore projects are
potential foundation investors in the
• API Management for its 30-40mtpa West
Pilbara Iron Ore Project;
• Fortescue Metals Group for its
30-60mtpa Solomon Project;
• China Metallurgical Group Corporation
for its 15mtpa Cape Lambert Iron
"The government will work with these
companies, or an infrastructure provider
to develop the project, with plans to
commence operations by 2015," Mr
He added that the announcement
joined a list of government projects aimed
at developing the north of the state,
including the development of an LNG
processing precinct at James Price Point.
"The strength of Western Australia's
iron ore exports and the growth plans of
current users are testing the capacity of
the existing Pilbara ports. In 2008-09 the
Pilbara exported more than 326 million
tonnes of bulk commodities, mainly
"This is forecast to reach more than
530mtpa by 2015 and as much as
750mtpa by 2020.
"The Anketell port and industrial
precinct will provide opportunities for
new exports and processing of iron ore
and other minerals."
The Department of State Development
would lead negotiations on behalf of the
government, Dampier Port Authority
would manage the new port and
infrastructure corridors and LandCorp
would develop the industrial precinct.
Anketell has been marked as a new multi-user
deepwater iron ore port location
Sydney Ports installs vessel traffic ser vices (VTS)
Sydney Ports Corporation has signed a contract for the
delivery of a vessel surveillance system for both Port Botany
and Port Jackson (Sydney Harbour).
CEO of Sydney Ports, Grant Gilfillan, said that SOFRELOG
would supply the new Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) System, which
will be based at Port Botany and be operational by May 2011.
"This is an investment of over $11 million in the latest
technology to improve surveillance and tracking of all vessels
including over 4,500 international ship movements a year," Mr
"This new, internationally-compliant system is a key project
for Sydney Ports and a critical undertaking for Sydney Harbour
and Port Botany.
"We will move from the current partly visual system to one
in which we use world-best technology to enhance our
surveillance, tracking and management of vessels to help
improve the safety and efficiency of commercial vessel traffic
movements and to better protect the marine environment by
reducing risks of accidents.
"It will be designed to have a far greater ability to more
accurately track all vessels using the latest technology and will
combine information derived from multiple sensors including
radar, CCTV, VHF and AIS technology, displayed and recorded in
a flexible and integrated traffic image."
Sydney Ports Harbour Master Steven Young said that the
project would replace the current system, which has been
superseded by more modern technology.
"Our new VTS system will give us far greater ability to
organise and manage traffic safely. It will also complement and
support the future projected growth of trade at the expanded Port
Botany," Captain Young said.
Mr Gilfillan said that SOFRELOG had been selected from a
shortlist of tenderers following a trial of new systems in
"While this company has the technology and software we
need, much of the work on the new system will be carried out by
local contractors Wave1, Daronmont and C4i," Mr Gilfillan said.
Mr Gilfillan said that until the new VTS became fully
operational, Sydney Ports would continue to operate the current
system from the Harbour Control Tower in Sydney Harbour.
The oil tanker 'Jag Priya' transits through Sydney Harbour past Blues Point.
The new VTS system is set to better ensure against possible maritime
accidents in Sydney Harbour and Port Botany
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