Swanson Dock West remediation

Customer: Port of Melbourne

Contract: Early Contractor Involvement, leading to lump sum contract

Location: Melbourne, Victoria

Ports & Coastal Solutions Australia

Fast Facts

  • Stage one of three-staged wharf remediation project
  • McConnell Dowell's fifth project for this customer since 2017
  • Works programmed around operational wharf

The Port of Melbourne awarded McConnell Dowell the contract to complete Stage 1 of the Swanson Dock West Remediation Project which includes the remediation and upgrade of the existing wharf structure.  

The project will be the fifth McConnell Dowell has delivered for Port of Melbourne since 2017, highlighting the strength of our partnership with Australia's largest capital city container and general cargo port operator. The Port handles one third of the nation's container trade.

Swanson Dock West (SDW) is a critical International Container Terminal comprising of a 944 m wharf with three container-handling berths, which were constructed in several stages between the 1960s and 1980s.  The existing wharf is of varying forms of construction and some sections are close to or beyond the typical design life of 30 years. As a result, major remediation is needed. 

To maintain port operations during the works, a three-stage program has been developed. Commencing from Berth 1, the project will focus on completing works for each berth, moving progressively toward Berth 3.

The SDW Remediation Project is part of the Port's 2050 development strategy and all stages are due for completion by 2027.