Motukea Wharf upgrade works wrap up

Madsen Giersing recently completed a marine project for Curtain Bros on their Motukea Island complex in Papua New Guinea.

Since 1998, the company has been involved in the design and development of many of the facility’s marine structures.

Also, their latest project saw the team design a new general loading and unloading wharf.

Designed to accommodate a 280 tonne crawler crane, the company CEO, Lasse Madsen, outlined the unusual elements that make this project one of a kind.

“This project has a couple of unique design elements,” he said.

“Firstly, the location of the wharf is a challenge as there is a lack of locally suitable rock that we would usually use for support and protection.

“To overcome this, we designed a concrete mattress on which is placed on the slope to protect the revetment from scour.

“Secondly, we were asked to reuse existing materials as part of the structure and were able to recycle curved gas line pipe sections to form supports for the wharf’s dolphins.

“Part of the way in which we work, is to always look at what the client has in terms of materials and how they can be best used to keep construction costs down, whether that is across temporary works or permanent structures,” the CEO concluded.