As part of the wharf extension project undertaken by McConnell Dowell Barclay Mowlem Joint Venture (MDBM JV) for Rio Tinto Iron Ore, an efficient and cost effective solution was required for accessing the wharf’s berthing dolphins in order to seal and coat the flanges and pile sleeves.
AME developed an innovative access system based on in-house designed and fabricated aluminium access platforms. The platforms were designed to be floated under each dolphin by AME’s work vessel, then raised and rigged in position. Utilising this system, significant time savings were achieved over conventional access systems such as scaffolding.
Blasting and painting personnel working from the platforms wore height and over water safety equipment at all times.