Autumn works to secure piers future

Wednesday 22 March, 2017

A specialist marine infrastructure contractor will visit Mornington next week with a floating barge and hydraulic crane to remove five of the pier’s 15 tonne storm damaged wave protection panels.

P W Johnson Constructions Pty Ltd will remove damaged panels still attached to the pier and recover other panels from the sea bed which were dislodged last year in July and October storms.

In January, the same contractor removed loose wave panels, created a safe walking surface on the damaged section of pier deck and installed a new temporary pier edge fence to allow the damaged area of the pier to be re-opened to the public.

The current works will safely remove the remaining damaged wave panels ahead of winter waves hitting the pier. 

Parks Victoria is continuing to work hard with marine infrastructure engineers to finalise its plans for a more robust wave protection system at Mornington Pier.

Significant planning progress has been made towards strengthening the pier infrastructure so that when the wave attenuator infrastructure is re-installed the community can have confidence that they will stand up to future storms.

The next suitable weather window for Parks Victoria to install the strengthened pier infrastructure is in summer 2017/18 (December – April) when the wave and wind conditions will allow a contractor to safely work.

The following comments can be attributed to Jo Richards, Regional Director, Melbourne Marine and Maritime, Parks Victoria:

“Parks Victoria is working hard to finalise a stronger technical solution to make sure repairs to the pier withstand future significant storm events.”

“We continue to have confidence in the pier itself which is structurally sound with a 1.2-metre-thick reinforced concrete deck, supported by 100 steel piles driven over 20 metres into the sea bed .”

“Thank you to the local community for your patience while we manage the repairs to the pier.”

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