Orrcon Thrives with the Times at Port of Brisbane

Supplier: Orrcon Steel
26 February, 2008

Wharf 10, the Port of Brisbane’s latest development at the mouth of the Brisbane River is nearing completion.

The wharf was developed and constructed by the Port of Brisbane in response to the increasing size of container ships berthing in Brisbane and the boom in container trade fuelled by Queensland’s thriving economy.

Construction on the $54 million wharf which began in 2006 will extend the existing wharf line by an additional 372 metres in order increase the port’s capacity.

Brisbane-based steel tube and pipe manufacturer, Orrcon, supplied over 6,000 tonnes of spiral welded steel pipe for the foundation piles used to support the wharf’s concrete deck.  With driving shoes fitted, the pipes were shipped directly to a designated site in the new wharf area.  

Orrcon assigned a dedicated team for the project, including 30 tasked simply with the unloading and stockpiling of the pipe.

The steel pipe which was supplied in lengths up to 18.5 metres and in a range of sizes up to 1200 OD x 16mm wall thickness was spliced and welded into 45 metre long piles before being driven deep into the earth in Moreton Bay by a 14 tonne hydraulic pile hammer.

Port of Brisbane Corporation Chief Executive Officer, Jeff Coleman, said the concrete deck is virtually complete and work has commenced on the terminal infrastructure and container interchange.

Mr Coleman said that with the expansion of the complex, it was expected that Wharfs 11 and 12 will shortly follow, to cater for increased shipping trade.

He said Orrcon’s dedicated team on the wharf ensured there were no delays in construction, with pipe supplied and ready to be installed when required.  

Orrcon’s National Manager, Major Projects, Robert Creek, said the task was “huge” and represented a real challenge for the company, but “plenty of advance planning and working closely with the Port team ensured we had no slip-ups or delays”.

He praised the wharf team that oversaw the stockpiling of pipe saying “it was a thankless task but a key element in Orrcon delivering on this project”.

The new wharf is yet another milestone for Port of Brisbane in its role to facilitate Queensland’s economic growth.