Stolthaven Australia proposes to construct and operate a new, purpose built berth at the Mayfield 7 (M7) site as nominated on the approved Port of Newcastle ‘Concept Plan’ for development on the former BHP steelmaking site at Mayfield. The berth is currently approved for use as a berthing facility only, however subject to further approvals, future development at the site will see the construction and installation of bulk liquids handling infrastructure on the berth to facilitate the transfer of products to and from vessels and the adjacent bulk liquids terminal.
The proposed berth will consist primarily of a combi sheet pile ‘caisson’ wharf wall structure capable of berthing vessels up to LR2 class (245m LoA, 43m beam, 13.5m draft, 100,000 DWT). The development of a wharf of this nature on this site is classified as Complying Development under State Environmental Planning Policy (Three Ports) 2014 and a Complying Development Certificate (CDC 2016-00067) has been issued by Newcastle City Council for the project. Dredging will take place under Development Consent SSI 10_0203 obtained from NSW Dept. of Planning
The construction of the Mayfield 7 Project currently comprises the following key features:
- Construction of combi sheet pile caisson approximately 275m long and 20m wide on the south side of the South Arm of the Hunter River;
- Construction of rigid and flexible pavement capping to the caisson;
- Dredging of approximately 110,000 m3 of material; and
- Installation of berthing and mooring infrastructure.
The project will be operating on the following working hours:
7:00am – 5:00pm Mondays to Saturday
Dredging associated with the Project may be undertaken on a 24 hour basis, 7 days a week.
Status of Works
Waterways have been appointed as the head contractor and began construction of the berth in April 2016.
Piling works for the wharf structure have concluded.
Dredging works commenced in August 2016 with the use of a sand pump, the main dredging campaign will run from mid april for two weeks with a trailer suction hopper dredge.
Construction work will continue through to September 2017.
The planned delivery routes and heavy vehicle access will be via Industrial Drive into Selwyn St. Currently, no road closures or traffic restrictions are anticipated.
Out of Hours Works
There are currently no planned construction activities or operations that require to be undertaken out of hours.
Current Key Approvals & Permits
- Complying Development Consent - CDC 2016-00067
- Capital Dredging Infrastructure Approval - SSI 10_0203
- Sea Dumping Permit - SD2013-2562
- EPL_License - 20193
- Crown Lands Licence - RI 520200
Documents prepared for the Mayfield 7 Berth Project required under the Capital Dredging Infrastructure Approval (SSI 10_0203) are:
- Construction Environmental Management Plan (CEMP)
- Community Communication Strategy
- Water Quality Monitoring Protocol
- Pre-Construction Compliance Report
A Pollution Incident Response Management Plan (PIRMP) has been prepared for the Mayfield 7 Berth Project dredging works required under the Environmental Protection License (EPL 20716), available below:
NSW Department of Planning & Infrastructure
Documents issued by the Department of Planning and Infrastructure relating to the dredging component of the Mayfield 7 Berth Project can be found at the link below:
NSW Environment Protection Authority
The linked spreadsheet contains a current list of activities licensed by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) under Schedule 1 of the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997.
Port of Newcastle Operations Pty Limited
Further information relating to the capital strategic dredging approval and a list of the required documents prepared by Port of Newcastle Operations can be found at the link below:
P: 0418 431 405
E: [email protected]
Emergencies and Complaints:
P: 0498 760 177
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PO Box 304
WICKHAM, NSW. 2293