Ship loading operations at Thevenard were suspended last week.
A draft engineering report has identified possible safety concerns regarding a section of the Flinders Ports jetty infrastructure. The health and safety of port users and stakeholders is paramount to Flinders Ports.
The concerns are with the older concrete jetty part of the structure which supports a section of Viterra’s ship loading conveyor belt and are not related to the timber jetty or the newer concrete jetty structure which supports the ships and the ship loader.
The issues are not with Viterra’s ship loading infrastructure. However, Flinders Ports are working with Viterra to investigate engineering and operational options for its infrastructure that may assist in providing a temporary solution and to minimise the impact on operations and customers as quickly as possible, while issues are addressed with the jetty infrastructure.
Further to the above Flinders Ports is:
• Looking to take advantage of existing plant that is located at Thevenard which may be able to provide an interim solution to allow ship loading to recommence;
• Commencing design options for the long-term solution to maintain the health of the jetty; and
• Investigating possible engineering solutions that minimise time frames required to implement, and necessary works to return the long-term integrity of the jetty.
Flinders Ports are continuing to liaise with customers to manage the impact on their operations.
RDAWEP will work with the relevant owners, operators and users of the Port of Thevenard to get the port back up and operating safely as soon as possible.
This includes ongoing liaison with the State and Federal Governments and with Mayor Allan Suter, District Council of Ceduna.
Thevenard Port is the second busiest port in South Australia and exports more than 3 million tonnes of bulk commodities annually. The port is a very strategic and valuable regional economic development asset to Australia and the hard working productive people of Ceduna and the Far West of South Australia.