Diversified marine and port services company TAMS Group (TAMS) has announced that it has been awarded the design and construct contract for the $160 million Kimberley Marine Offloading Facility (Facility) at the Port of Broome in Western Australia.
The multi-user port Facility is being developed and funded by Kimberley Marine Support Base Pty Ltd (KMSB). It is a floating wharf connected by a linkspan ramp to a 300 metre, fixed, bi-directional causeway, along with onshore terminal facilities.
The Facility will be located to the south of the existing Port of Broome wharf. Using the latest in infrastructure design, it will provide a significant boost to Broome’s port capacity, increasing supply chain options for various local industries while offering lower vessel movement costs and reduced emissions through more efficient logistics. It will also stimulate economic and employment opportunities in Broome and the wider region.
Early construction works are due to commence in the November 2022. It is expected to create 260 jobs during the construction phase and support a further 1,250 jobs across WA once operations commence in 2024.
Once construction is complete, TAMS will hand over to Peterson Energy Logistics, which has been appointed by KMSB as port operator.
TAMS Group Chief Executive Officer Lee Bartlett said: “We are extremely proud to have had our industry capabilities recognised by Kimberley Marine Support Base in awarding TAMS this major contract. We are a West Australian company with a long term presence in the Kimberley, including a dedicated shore base at Broome, and our knowledge and experience in the region will be important in delivering this project.
“This is a major project that will see Broome become a greater logistics hub that will also provide many flow-on benefits to the region. KMSB is committed to local engagement for this project and similarly, we will partner with local Kimberley businesses, Indigenous organisations and other key stakeholders such as the Broome Chamber of Commerce & Industry to help maximise those benefits.
“TAMS operates vessels throughout the area, our team members live in Broome and are part of the local community, so we understand just how welcome this investment by Kimberley Marine Support Base will be to the region and to the State.”
Kimberley Marine Support Base, Director, Andrew Natta, said: “I am thrilled to announce the appointment of TAMS Group as the contractor on this significant port infrastructure project for WA’s Kimberley region. TAMS is an ideal construction partner to support this project with its knowledge and capabilities in marine and port infrastructure, and experience in northern Australia. We have a good working relationship with the TAMS team in WA, including the Broome-based team and we look forward to delivering this project with them.”