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WHARF WHISPERS – DARWIN CITY WATERFRONT APPEARS

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Fort Hill Wharf - The Last of the Hammer Head Wharf

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Convention Centre Fill - Road Trains

December 2005

MacMahon's construction program moved into full swing with Hall Contracting well into dredging hundreds of thousands of cubic metres of mud, and UXO (unexploded ordinance), in preparation for the Convention Centre pad and seawall. The painstaking removal of the old Fort Hill hammer head wharf, by Steelcon, was finally completed by New Year’s Eve; cause for celebration I’m sure!




The early part of December saw a smooth running road train operation that moved thousands of cubic metres of fill from East Arm to the Convention Centre site on Kitchener Drive. Courteous truck drivers and understanding motorists, meant minimal interuption to the traffic flow. The size of the dredge and road trains in the photo on the left, give some idea of the scale of the project.

 

Convention Centre Fill - Getting Crowded



Convention Centre Batters - Rock Armour



With Christmas rapidly approaching, there was a speedy build up of plant mobilised to site, with an emphasis on ADT’s and excavators. Lighting towers for double shift sprouted up like mushrooms after the inevitable rain heralding the arrival of wet season 2005. Drainage became a high priority following 150 mm of rain for the month in just a few showers.





Rock cartage commenced and it was time to put those long reach operators to the test; bigger excavators and more counterweights were called for. Down with the geotextile and on with the rocks – shouldn’t be too much of a problem; barring boredom :-).           Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!




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