Eden Breakwater Wharf extension

Eden Breakwater wharf extension artist impression

In recent years, the Port of Eden has seen increased activity from the cruise ship industry. However, restricted by draft and length, cruise ships are currently unable to berth alongside land-based infrastructure in Snug Cove and land access for cruise ship passengers is via tender contingent on favourable weather conditions. This has the effect of limiting the number of passengers that can disembark and inhibits the attraction of Eden as a tourist destination to cruise ship operators.

The port does not currently provide appropriate and adequate infrastructure to take advantage of the growth in the cruise ship industry in terms of greater numbers of visits, larger vessel sizes and ability for direct embark and disembarkation.

The project

The key features of the project comprise extension of the existing Breakwater Wharf, deepening of the adjacent berth pocket and approach channel and disposal of the dredge material at an offshore disposal site. This will enable cruise ships up to 325m in length to berth alongside the upgraded Breakwater Wharf so that passengers can embark/disembark via a gangway onto the wharf.

The project will involve:

  • dredging up to 231,500m3 of in situ material from the bed of Snug Cove/Twofold Bay
  • installing 4,000m2 of scour protection
  • extending the existing wharf by approximately 110m
  • installing three mooring dolphins and two breasting dolphins
  • installing onshore mooring bollards on the existing wharf
  • upgrading existing services such as lighting, power and potable water and emergency fire-fighting water
  • installing navigation aids.

Project benefits

The Breakwater Wharf extension project is expected to economically benefit the community by:

  • increasing economic activity during construction of the wharf
  • creating around 86 ongoing jobs in tourism, hospitality and stevedoring
  • increasing visitation of cruise vessels and opportunities to local businesses
  • increasing visitations to local attractions such as the Eden Whale Museum and the Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre.

Project timeline

Work commenced in August 2017 and is due to be completed by mid-2019, weather permitting.

Project information

  1. Approvals & documents

    Project approval information and documents for the Eden Breakwater Wharf extension.

  2. Construction

    Information on construction for the Eden Breakwater Wharf extension project.

  3. Updates

    Monthly and other project updates to keep the community updated and informed.

  4. Community consultative committee

    Community consultative committee meeting minutes and information.

  5. Frequently asked questions

    Answers to some of the common questions about the Breakwater Wharf extension project.