Kimberley Marine Support Base (KMSB) has revealed plans to start the construction of a new multi-user facility at the Port of Broome in Western Australia (WA) later this year.
The company has officially notified the Kimberley Ports Authority (KPA) about the plans.
The new port infrastructure is being built with a fully private investment of A$200m ($127.58m). It is also being backed by the WA government and KPA.
The new port facilities at the Port of Broome are expected to bolster marine logistics and provide major regional development prospects.
Furthermore, it will provide opportunities for diversification, tourism expansion, and accessibility to Asian markets for regional products in the future.
This facility aims to expand the Port of Broome’s current infrastructure by elevating capacity to meet the rising demands of future projects in the Kimberley.
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The minimal-impact design of the facility takes advantage of naturally available deep waters to provide a berth pocket at least 17m deep at low tide, minimising the need for excavations.
A large dual-directional causeway will connect a 9,900m² floating dock with heavy lift capacity to a landside abutment.
WA Ports Minister David Michael said: “This project aligns with the Cook Government’s commitment to fostering economic growth, ensuring safe operations at our Ports, and boosting connectivity for our communities.”
The project is estimated to generate around 260 construction-related jobs, as well as a considerable increase in permanent work prospects.
While operational, the project’s trade improvements will support approximately 1,650 regional jobs each year.
WA-based Total AMS has been chosen as the lead contractor to oversee the project.
The project is slated for completion in early 2025.
Kimberley MLA Divina D’Anna said: “This development will bring immediate and long-term benefits in the form of jobs, economic activity, and additional trade capacity for Broome.
“I’m also encouraged that the proponents have engaged with the local Yawuru People to ensure strong outcomes for Indigenous employment and economic empowerment, through the construction and operation of the facility.”