Tonkin Consulting

Lucky Bay Common User Facility

Sea Transport Corporation

Tonkin Consulting provided engineering advice to extend an iron export operation. The concept was to augment the Lucky Bay harbor to accommodate containers of ore being loaded onto barges, transported out to sea and transferred to cape-sized vessels for overseas markets.

Tonkin Consulting carried out an environmental assessment of the local area, assessing the coastal processes and tide movements to understand possible impacts of changing the coastline for the planned development. We devised a detailed dredging and maintenance plan to manage the work and sought approvals (a dredging license) sought to deepen the harbor.

We also assessed current freight and handling logistics between the mine site and harbour to determine the most efficient operation mode. Upgrading the existing road network and creating dedicated haul roads was the viable option.

We designed and documented the supporting infrastructure for handling product onshore in the harbour. This involved managing the geotechnical and environmental site constraints, aesthetic obligations and budget.

Technical Details

  • Assessment and analysis of current freight handling and traffic from mine to harbour.
  • Coastal impact assessment and harbour dredging plan.
  • Prepared design reports and documentation for development approvals.
  • Project managed communication between local communities and regulatory agencies (eg Coastal Protection Board, Environment Protection Authority, local government) to expedite proposal approval.

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