Australia-based Keller business Austral Construction has taken delivery of a 400t barge that it said is key to securing major new projects and will open the business up to a marine construction and maintenance market worth AUS$330M (£185M).
The new AUS£6.5M (£3.6M) self-elevating modular platform is the largest of its kind in Australia and Austral believes the investment will position the business to gain from a growing pipeline of port development work.
“Thanks to our strong client relationships and proven track record in the region, we’re uniquely and strategically positioned to take advantage of the growing market here,” said Austral Construction piling superintendent Mark Johnson. “The investment in this barge shows our commitment to our clients and to providing innovative, safe and efficient equipment for our people and the projects they work on.
“This platform gives us a clear competitive advantage and will move us into a larger market, allowing us to complete jobs that require larger cranes and foundation equipment.”
The new barge will be used on a fuel-wharf upgrade in Dampier, the Ell Layby wharf upgrade and a channel markers project for the Pilbara Port Authority (PPA).
According to Johnson, the barge was essential for securing the PPA work as a fixed platform barge was specified at tender stage in order to mitigate programme and delay risks.