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Port Nelson design and construct contract awarded

A contractor has won the design and construction contract for a 100-metre wharf extension and associated works at Port Nelson Main Wharf North, New Zealand.

A contractor has won the design and construction contract for a 100-metre wharf extension and associated works at Port Nelson’s Main Wharf North, New Zealand.

McConnell Dowell won the contract as part of Port Nelson’s $29 million redevelopment project.

The wharf, a majority of which is almost 100 years old, will be rebuilt and extended to a strength of 100 tonnes axle load, giving Port Nelson a full heavy-duty berth of 280 metres in length.

The upgrades aim to help the company meet the demands of  larger container and cruise vessels for the foreseeable future.

Works will include designing the new wharf structure, demolition and removal of the existing wharf structure, and construction of the new wharf structure, including all finishing off works required.

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The newer facilities will also help increase the port’s resilience in a major earthquake.

“This Main Wharf North project will complete a rebuild programme that commenced in 1998 with the building of a 120-metre length of Main Wharf South, to which a further 60 metres was added in 2008,” Port Nelson Chairman Phil Lough said.

McConnell Dowell’s Engineering, Technology and Innovation division will use its specialist marine capabilities to provide a suitable design for the client.

We look forward to working with Port Nelson to safely deliver another world-class quality marine project to help increase economic prosperity and resilience for the region,” McConnell Dowell Managing Director for New Zealand and the Pacific, Fraser Wyllie said.

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