Exmouth Boat Harbour upgrade (project)

The Exmouth Boat Harbour upgrade project consists of a major upgrade to the service wharf, including construction of a heavy lift facility and associated land-side wharf infrastructure.

  About the Exmouth Boat Harbour upgrade project

Exmouth Boat Harbour project

The upgrade of the Exmouth Boat Harbour consists of two stages:

  • Stage 1: Construction of Jetty B. This stage was done in two phases and completed in October 2016. The new Jetty B is a new floating pen system which provides 39 boat pens ranging from 12 to 25 metres. The total cost of this stage was $5 million and it was funded from DoT's Maritime Facilities Program. The works included the demolition of the dilapidated Jetty A to the south of the new Jetty.
  • Stage 2: The main works of this stage are the extension of the existing service wharf, relocation of trawler pens and upgrade of the southern breakwater. This stage is funded by Royalties for Regions and the budget is $18.275 million. This stage is being done in two phases:

Phase 1 included some early civil works and installation of services for the lease lots in the harbour. This phase was completed in August 2016.

Phase 2 includes an 88 metre extension of the existing service wharf, new trawler pens and raising of the southern breakwater. This phase is now in progress and is scheduled for completion in June 2017.

In addition to the above works, maintenance dredging was undertaken to restore the depths in the harbour and harbour entrance channel to ensure safe navigation, whilst deepening some areas for the wharf extension, trawler pens and breakwater upgrades in Stage 2. The dredging works were completed in early August 2016 and were funded through DoT's Dredging Program

  Status

Exmouth Boat Harbour project

Stage 1: New boat pens

Upgrade works continue at the Exmouth Boat Harbour with the installation of seven additional fingers on Jetty B. This additional work adds 14 floating boat pens to the 25 already existing, ranging in size from 12 to 25 metres. The design and installation contract was awarded to Engineered Water Systems and the works were completed in October 2016.

Exmouth Boat Harbour project

Stage 2. Phase 1: Early works - Services and civil

The contract for early on-site civil works, including the installation and relocation of services was awarded to WBHO Infrastructure Pty Ltd and it was completed in August 2016.

Early works: Dredging

Dredging work was completed in early August 2016 in advance of marine structures and civil works package.

Stage 2. Phase 2: Main works - Marine structures and civil works

Works associated with the marine structures and civil works package, including an 88 metre extension to the existing service wharf with a heavy lift zone, wharf hardstand, new trawler pens and raising of the southern breakwater has been awarded to Ertech Pty Ltd. The work is underway and it is scheduled for completion by June 2017.

  Project overview

Exmouth Boat Harbour has been experiencing a high demand for berthing space for both commercial and recreational vessels.

The Department of Transport has been working with various parties to draft a master plan for the future development of the boating facilities in Exmouth. These parties include:

  • Gascoyne Development Commission.
  • Shire of Exmouth.
  • Exmouth Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ECCI).
  • Local operators.

The original master plan involved Stage 1 construction of boat pens which is now complete.

Stage 2 works consist of a major upgrade of the service wharf, including construction of a heavy lift facility and cyclone moorings at the harbour.

Please read the full media statement for more information. The draft master plan has been amended and the latest plan for Stage 2 works is available for download below.

MAC-PL-DraftMaster-ExmouthG.pdf icon Exmouth draft master plan Kb
Opens in a new window Media statement: New Exmouth jetty pens to benefit boat users (14/12/2016)
External Link Media statement: Exmouth pen improvements continue (19/08/2016)
External Link Media statement: Major contract awarded for harbour upgrade (22/06/2016)
External Link Media statement: $20m funding for Exmouth harbour upgrade (11/10/2014)
Opens in a new window Gascoyne Development Commission
Opens in a new window Shire of Exmouth
Exmouth Boat Harbour project aerial view

  Dredging works

Exmouth Boat Harbour project dredging area

Coordinated campaign for dredging and sand replenishment work at Exmouth

Maintenance dredging of the harbour basin and approach channel was undertaken between January and July 2016, restoring depths and removing approximately 20,000 m3 of material.

The dredging works also assisted the major upgrade project, by providing an extended berth pocket for the wharf extension and establishing a footing trench for the breakwater additions.

Sand dredged during the project was placed on Town Beach to widen and enhance the beach profile. As a result of the dredging project, a channel through to the land back wharf of 3.2 metre depth (plus tide) was achieved, improving safe access for larger vessels.

  Stage 1: New boat pens

The second phase of the $5 million boat pen project at Exmouth Boat Harbour is now complete marking the end of Stage 1 of a major upgrade at the facility.

The new pen system provides a total of 39 floating boat pens ranging in size from 12 to 25 metres. Extending from the car park adjacent to the Exmouth Fishing Club, the pen system has been built to the highest standard and incorporates design features to meet cyclonic weather conditions and assist everyday use of the facility.

These works also saw the removal of Jetty A which could no longer provide safe berthing for boats to meet the cyclonic conditions experienced by the harbour.

People wanting to express an interest in licensing a pen or for more information about the pen project can contact DoT on (08) 9947 8200.

Please download the new pen layout below.

MAC-PL-ExmouthPenLayout.pdf icon Exmouth Boat Harbour: New pen layout Kb
Opens in a new window Media statement: New Exmouth jetty pens to benefit boat users (14/12/2016)

  Stage 2: Service wharf extension, heavy lift facility and cyclone moorings

Exmouth Boat Harbour project

Planning for Stage 2 of the Exmouth Boat Harbour upgrade incorporated input from key harbour users into the concept plan.

The works include the extension of the service wharf and associated infrastructure including a heavy lift zone, relocation of trawler pens and upgrade of the southern breakwater.

The Stage 2 upgrade was developed to cater for current demands and anticipated growth in wharf usage. Consultation with stakeholders guided the development priorities for this work.

Stage 2 of the Exmouth Harbour Upgrade has been funded by Royalties for Regions. Please read the full media statement for more information.

Phase 1 works were undertaken by WBHO Infrastructure Pty Ltd and were completed in August 2016. Phase 2 works are being carried out by Ertech Pty Ltd; the work is underway and it is scheduled for completion by June 2017.

Royalties for Regions logo
MAC-PL-DraftMaster-ExmouthG.pdf icon Exmouth draft master plan Kb

  Community consultation

The proposed Exmouth Boat Harbour upgrade has been the subject of extensive stakeholder consultation over some years. Consultation in planning this project includes:

  • Extensive community engagement in 2008. The final community consultation report and attachments are available for download below:
  • Surveys and interviews with commercial vessel owners in the concept planning, and in identifying the key priorities for the upgrade to infrastructure.
  • Ongoing briefings and discussions with the Shire of Exmouth, the Gascoyne Development Commission, the Exmouth Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ECCI) and harbour users.
  • The ECCI consulted with marine service businesses on whether the Department of Transport's masterplan reflects key priorities and best options for the upgrade, and it has confirmed its support.
  • DoT continues to provide regular updates to key stakeholders as required.
MAC-R-ExmouthConsultation.pdf icon Exmouth harbour development: Community consultation report Kb
MAC-R-ExmouthConsultation-Attach1.pdf icon Exmouth community consultation report: Attachment 1.0 - Reference list Kb
MAC-R-B-ExmouthConsultation-Attach2.1.pdf icon Exmouth community consultation report: Attachment 2.1 - Flyer Kb
MAC-R-ExmouthConsultation-Attach2.2.pdf icon Exmouth community consultation report: Attachment 2.2 - Summary and issue paper Kb
MAC-R-F-ExmouthConsultation-Attach3_.pdf icon Exmouth community consultation report: Attachment 3.0 - Patterson questionnaire Kb
MAC-R-F-ExmouthConsultation-Attach4.pdf icon Exmouth community consultation report: Attachment 4.0 - Department feedback form Kb
MAC-R-ExmouthConsultation-Attach5.pdf icon Exmouth community consultation report: Attachment 5.0 - Department powerpoint presentation Kb
MAC-R-ExmouthConsultation-Attach6_WS1.pdf icon Exmouth community consultation report: Attachment 6.1 - Outcomes of community forums workshop session 1 Kb
MAC-R-ExmouthConsultation-Attach6_WS2.pdf icon Exmouth community consultation report: Attachment 6.2 - Outcomes of community forums workshop session 2 Kb

  Background

The boat harbour was opened on 13 September 1997 to develop the local economy after the closure of the nearby United States military base. The main uses of the harbour at the time were commercial fishing, charter operations and small recreational boats.

The town of Exmouth continues to expand, with the development of tourist resorts and the Exmouth Marina Village residential and canal system. This has also increased recreational and commercial demand for berthing facilities and activity at the Exmouth Boat Harbour.

Commercial operations at Exmouth Boat Harbour have experienced a shift in focus, with a decline in commercial fishing, and increased demand for larger recreational and other commercial uses (especially the resources sector).

Exmouth is ideally positioned geographically to provide new infrastructure for the offshore industry with close proximity to the offshore development and the protection offered by the waters of the Exmouth Gulf.

The harbour is now at full capacity and activities at the service wharf resemble small port operations, with cranes and container set-down areas. There has also been strong interest in berthing facilities for larger vessels that cannot currently use the harbour.

Please download the fact sheet below for more information about the project.

MAC-IS-Project-Exmouth.pdf icon Exmouth: About the project Kb
MAC-PL-DraftMaster-ExmouthG.pdf icon Exmouth draft master plan Kb

  Contact us

If you would like to be added to the email contact list for the project updates, please send an email to the Project Manager using the email address below.

Street address Postal address Telephone Fax Email
Project Manager
Exmouth Boat Harbour Upgrade
Department of Transport
Marine House, 1 Essex Street
Fremantle 6160, Western Australia

GPO Box C102,
Perth WA 6839

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Page last updated: Wed Feb 15 2017 2:30:26 PM