Onslow Maritime Facility Step Closer to Opening

The vision for Onslow to become a key marine hub is a step closer with dredging to allow larger commercial vessels to operate from the Beadon Creek facility, almost completed.

The Department of Transport, Western Australia, has been working with the Onslow Marine Support Base and other stakeholders over the past seven years to redevelop the Beadon Creek Facility.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti commented: “With dredging almost complete, this will be another milestone in the transformation of the Onslow (Beadon Creek) Maritime Facility to a key hub for the marine sector servicing the offshore oil and gas industry.”

The recent dredging campaign to increase the width and depth of the existing navigation channel is complemented by current work to upgrade the ageing breakwater at the channel entrance.

In June, Western Australian based company Ertech was awarded a $4.4 million contract to rebuild the structure using existing and additional rock (approximately 20,000 tonnes) above and below the waterline where required, increasing the height of the breakwater by up to two meters in some areas.

The project is more than 50 per cent complete and on schedule to be finished this year.