Sorrento Pier Maintenance Project

Background

As part of our ongoing pier and jetty maintenance program, we regularly assess the condition of maritime structures through technical inspections using professional engineers and divers. A recent inspection at Sorrento Pier identified areas of deterioration which requires sections of the pier to be closed while general maintenance works are undertaken.

Following a competitive tender process, the contract for maintenance works was awarded to Bridgewater Marine to carry out repairs to prolong the usable life of Sorrento Pier, which was first constructed in the 1870s.

 

Project benefits

  • Visitors and community

These maintenance works address issues which threaten the pier’s structural integrity. Repairs will ensure this much-loved maritime asset remains safe and open for the community to enjoy.

  • Economy
 

Repairs will provide a more resilient and safer structure for local commercial operators to benefit from.

Project partner and funding

The works are funded by the Victorian Government as part of ongoing maritime asset maintenance and repairs. 

 

The project

The project consists of minor repairs to maintain the pier. During these works, one pile will be repaired, and a timber beam replaced on the pier head. On the lower landing works will deliver new steel ladders, new fibreglass reinforced plastic (FRP) safety mesh and new timber fenders with rubber cushioning.

 

Project timeline

  • Tender awarded: Mid 2022
  • Works commence: October 2022
  • Works completed: Late 2022

This timeline will be updated as the project progresses. The project’s timeline is dependent on factors such as weather, labour and the availability of materials.

 

Other information

Parks Victoria is the local port manager for Port Phillip, Western Port and Port Campbell.  The three local ports combined receive approximately 30 million visits a year, and include 263,000 hectares of waterway, marine protected areas, channels, piers and jetties, moorings and aids to navigation. 

 

Stay updated

For regular project updates, please subscribe to the Sorrento Pier mailing list.
For general enquiries email info@parks.vic.gov.au or call us on 13 1963.

 

Related items

Places to see

Portsea Pier

- Sorrento Pier

 

Frequently asked questions

Why is Sorrento Pier partially closed for repair?

As part of our ongoing pier and jetty maintenance program we regularly assess the condition of maritime structures through technical inspections using professional engineers and divers. A recent engineering inspection at Sorrento Pier has identified areas of deterioration which requires sections of the pier to be closed while general maintenance works are undertaken. These works will prolong the life of the pier, which was first constructed in the 1880s.

What repairs are happening at Sorrento Pier? 

The project consists of maintenance repairs to prolong the usable life of the pier. On the pier head, one pile will be repaired, and a timber beam replaced. On the lower landing, works will deliver new steel ladders, new fibreglass reinforced plastic (FRP) safety mesh and new timber fenders with rubber cushioning.

When will the repairs to Sorrento Pier be completed and the pier reopened?

The repairs will begin in early October 2022 and are expected to be completed by late 2022.

Can I access the pier to fish or walk?

During works, the pier will largely be closed to the public with partial access available at times. As sections of works are completed and it is safe to do so, we are planning a staged reopening of the pier. Visitors are encouraged to follow on-site signage, avoid fenced areas and to visit the project page for updates.

Alternative fishing (and boating) activities can be enjoyed at nearby Mornington Pier, Frankston Pier, Dromana Pier and Rosebud Pier.

Can I still berth my boat or other vessel at the pier during the work? 
Parks Victoria’s key priority in the delivery of these works is the safety of the public, staff and contractors. During the works period the eastern low landing will provide limited berthing opportunities. Parks Victoria is working with the contractor to provide berthing access for Licensed Tour Operators.

Can I swim or dive/snorkel around the pier?

No, during the works period, the area beneath the pier is unsafe for these activities due to construction hazards. You can enjoy similar experiences at Frankston Pier and Rosebud Pier.

Who is responsible for managing Sorrento Pier?

Parks Victoria is responsible for the management and maintenance of over 40 piers, jetties and related structures in Port Phillip, Western Port and Port Campbell which attract about 33 million visitors per year combined. Parks Victoria carries out regular inspections on all its local port assets ensure they are safe and well maintained.

 
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