Advisian produced an innovative design to maximise uses and berth utilisation within budget expectations for the Port of Eden, an active working port in Eden Harbour, one of the few natural deep-water harbours along the state coastline of New South Wales (NSW), Australia.
Eden Harbour is one of the few natural deep-water harbours along the state coastline of New South Wales (NSW), Australia. The Port of Eden, an active working port, has seen a surge in activity over the past few years, being both a premier location for whale watching and an increasingly popular cruise destination. However, the port couldn’t accommodate larger vessels, so when cruise ships made a stop in Eden they would have to anchor offshore and tender passengers ashore, deterring some cruise lines. In addition, tendering people to shore in rough weather conditions is hazardous and usually cancelled, meaning the benefits of cruise passengers to the region’s economy weren’t being realised.
At only 100m in length and with limited water depth, the breakwater berth would need significant works carried out to accommodate larger ships, allowing them to dock safely and eliminate the need for passenger transfers via tender. The Eden Breakwater Wharf Extension Project sought options to extend the wharf, allowing for the berthing and mooring of cruise ships up to 325m length overall, and potentially larger vessels in future. In addition, the wharf extension would allow cruise ships to dock at the port in most weather conditions, resulting in improved access and safety. At an estimated construction cost of AUD50 million, the project, jointly funded by state, federal and local governments, would be delivered by the NSW Department of Industry. The Department required qualified and experienced consultants who could successfully help them deliver the project on time and budget.