Modern Control Tower for Port Hedland

Pindan has recently delivered the Pilbara Port Authority with a new Integrated Marine Operations Centre (IMOC).

Completed in December 2018, this state-of-the-art facility is located adjacent to the existing administration building and will replace the existing and outdated Shipping Control Tower. 

The IMOC is expected to be fully operational in 2019 and oversee more than 6,000 safe and efficient vessel movements in the harbour.



Steve Tyter, Manager Special Projects for Pilbara Port Authority, said the IMOC represents a new era for PPA.

“It transforms the way we do business to ensure we continue to meet targets and the global demand for resources,” he said.

Managing Director for Pindan Contracting, Tony Gerber, said the size and location of the site presented the site team with a challenge.

The location within a live port coupled with a small footprint provided major logistical issues but it was no match for Pindan’s 42 years’ experience. We overcame this issue by utilising bulk ordering and  off-site storage locations. This in turn allowed the project team to effectively manage a just-in-time delivery of all the goods and materials which is not always easy in remote locations
Tony Gerber, Managing Director - Pindan Contracting

The new facility will control the marine operations of the port, including vessel movements in the inner harbour through the channel and off shore anchorage; and house best practice Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) Systems and state-of-the-art equipment for the harbour master function, dredging management, port security, marine pilot briefing facilities and improved incident control capability.
 

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