Iron ore loading berth and wharf extension AP5, Port Hedland, Australia

Fortescue Metals Group awarded the BAM Clough Joint Venture (BAM Clough) the design and construction contract for a fifth iron ore loading berth at its Anderson Point Facility (AP5) in Port Hedland, Western Australia.

The works included the design and construction of a 306-metre long wharf extension, seven berthing dolphins, and the supply and installation of wharf conveyor modules, with the existing berths remaining fully operational.
As BAM Clough’s in-house designer DMC was responsible for the detailed design and the overall design management of this project. By applying fast track design processes that went beyond individual engineering disciplines, we were able to meet the total design and construct period of less than a year between contract award and project delivery. The fully integrated design and construct set-up, was essential in successfully achieving the challenging milestones.

Design Involvement

As marine designer and as integrated design manager, DMC was responsible not only for the design but also for technical client interaction, subcontract management/integration and site/fabrication support. In this role we were able to maximise interaction between the various disciplines, shorten lines of communication and accelerate design processes.

Pile Driveability Analysis

DMC also performed PDA testing and on-site analysis, and was therefore able to immediately correlate test results with the detailed design assumptions, ensuring early identification of any problems and implementing risk mitigation measure where required.


Port and Harbour Development, Industry and Energy, Coastal Engineering
Products and Services
Pile Driveability Analysis
Specialists Services
Civil & Structural Engineering, Coastal Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering

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