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Portarlington Safe Harbour Project

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 The new 190 metre long berthing jetty in the middle of the harbour

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Temporary boating advice map for Portarlington Harbour until 28 April 2017.    

New commercial jetty for Portarlington Harbour achieved

The new commercial berthing infrastructure in the new Portarlington Harbour is completed. Finishing works will be undertaken early this year.

Major step for harbour project

The 190-metre long concrete jetty will accommodate the growing Bellarine aquaculture industry into the future. The jetty is one of two major pieces of work in 2016 towards completion of a major investment in Portarlington Safe Harbour.

The $15 million harbour works are designed to support the aquaculture industry and help boost tourism on the Peninsula. The complete works include the construction of two rock breakwaters, the jetty and infrastructure to facilitate ferry services.

Huge construction effort

The commercial berthing jetty was prefabricated offsite. The steel piles have been driven into the sea bed by a large pile driving barge. Precast concrete panels were installed to form the deck of the jetty.

These works have been carried out by PW Johnson Marine Contractors and Australian Project Solutions Pty Ltd. Among the project’s engineering challenges have been carting heavy materials across Port Phillip Bay from Mornington.

The jetty’s 82 piles and associated crossheads were cut and laid through the winter months with contractors facing variable wind and water conditions. Local suppliers have also featured strongly in supporting construction, such as Geelong’s Moolap-based Coen Precast, which managed the concreting works for the jetty.

The Victorian Government announced in November that a deal has been finalised to guarantee a ferry service from Portarlington Docklands for at least three years. A ferry pontoon will be built for ferry passengers this year.

Exciting final stages

Final stages of the harbour project, worth $2.5 million, include:

  • Berthing facilities on the 190 metre commercial jetty for mussel farmers,
  • 110 metres of concrete wave panels on the western side of the pier to protect vessels berthed inside the harbour from westerlies,
  • A 30 metre floating berth to sit alongside the inner edge of the northern breakwater, with gangway to support passengers boarding the ferry or other vessels, and
  • A 66 metre section of concrete pier.

Work on these projects will commence early 2017.

Breakwater update

Work on the eastern breakwater began in February 2016. This new breakwater has been built all the way to the end with a temporary bridge to provide construction vehicle access to build the northern breakwater. Final armour and capping works are expected to finish in April.

About 280 metres of the northern breakwater, from the eastern end up to the access channel near the existing breakwater, has been built to date.

The temporary bridge linking the eastern breakwater to the northern breakwater will be removed early in the new year to create the main harbour entrance. After the new entrance is open work will commence on the final 80 metres of the northern breakwater. A barge will be used to manage this stage. It is expected to be completed by mid-year.


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 Artist's impression of completed work
 Artist's impression of the completed project



Parks Victoria staff and contractors showed visitors around during a Community Open Day held at the harbour in December 2016.

 Aerial view
An aerial view of the new jetty during construction in late 2016