Sydney Ports Corporation
2006 - 2011
  • Geotechnical Investigation
  • Environmental Sampling
  • Detailed Stability & Settlement Analysis
  • Design Advice During Construction


Port Botany Expansion Project

A new $500 million container terminal covering approximately 60 hectares with five new shipping berths has been constructed on the north-eastern shores of Botany Bay (Port Botany), south of Sydney’s CBD. Douglas Partners undertook an extensive programme of geotechnical investigation and environmental sampling for the new terminal for Sydney Ports Corporation.

With over thirty per cent of Australia’s containerised trade being shipped through Sydney’s ports, additional handling facilities are required to service the growing consumer market in Sydney. By 2025 the expanded Port Botany will have injected more than $16 billion into the NSW economy. The works include a new container terminal, construction of new seawalls and pavements, roads, rail bridges, new shipping and tug boat berths, and a boat ramp.

The project involved dredging over 7 million m3 of sediment to provide channels for shipping access and fill for the reclamation areas required for the port development. The key factors affecting this development were stability issues of the proposed wharf and reclamation area, long term settlement of the filled area, foundation types for proposed structures, effects of dredging the seabed on both the new and existing structures, as well as environmental issues. DP engineers advised Sydney Ports during the planning and tendering stage, and also provided geotechnical advice to SPC throughout the construction process.


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