The Port of Melbourne is Australia’s largest container port. Recent record levels of trade have caused significant capacity constraints, limiting the amount of goods that can be imported and more importantly, exported from the site. Webb Dock was once the major container shipping facility in the port, however in recent times, it fell into disrepair due to its limited capacity.
Originally built in the 1960’s, the dock is being redeveloped to provide capacity for over 1,000,000 container movements per year. To achieve this level of operation, the dock is being automated with remote controlled equipment that improves accuracy and significantly reduces costs, making the dock internationally competitive.
Constructing an automated dock brings with it some very unique design challenges. Driverless lifting cranes are guided by magnets embedded directly into the concrete pavement. The design called for sections of the pavement to be free of steel so that the electromagnetic field is not disturbed. This meant that traditional steel reinforcement could not be used in all locations.
Engineers working for the Port of Melbourne selected TEXO Australasia as their design partners and Con Argiriou, TEXO’s Technical Manager, to assist in the creation of the specification for the more than 10,000 m2 of pavement and 10,000 precast sleeper units.
The Port of Melbourne selected TEXO’s Forta Ferro fibre as the only fibre suitable for the project in both the pavements and precast elements.
More information on Forta Ferro is available from TEXO on 1300 00 TEXO (8396).
Ref: Images and information was sourced from the Port of Melbourne website.