Integrated Marine Operations Centre

Completion year 2018

Civil, Structural



Key People

Gary Sollitt

Structural Project Engineer, Principal

Travis Demeza

Senior Civil Project Engineer, Australian Discipline Leader, Associate

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Port Hedland’s Integrated Marine Operations Centre (IMOC) will replace the existing and outdated Shipping Control Tower. The new facility will:

  • Control the marine operations of the port, including vessel movements in the inner harbour through the channel and off-shore anchorage
  • House best practice Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) Systems and state-of-the-art equipment for the harbour master function, dredging management, port security, marine pilot briefing facilities and improved incident control capability
  • Support 6,000 vessel movements through Port Hedland port in 2018

Project features:

  • The building is over 50m high, located on the peninsula forming the main entrance of the port, with coastal sightline of 270 degrees
  • It is future-proofed for further development as an operational hub for the north west coastline
  • The building’s structural form was designed to be repetitive and simplified to aid construction
  • It is the most significant control tower on the WA coast in the last 25 years

Project challenges:

  • Working in cyclone area (Wind Region D) and staging construction in line with cyclone season
  • The building classification as post-disaster building, level 4 means it must be operational immediately following a disaster event. The design responded to a more critical/onerous criteria
  • The remote location required a focus on prefabrication and transportation logistics
  • The building is situated on reclaimed land with a high water table, requiring a pile solution and a plan to deal with contamination