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East Arm Wharf Container Crane Outage

Stakeholders will be aware that a significant failure in the container crane’s boom brake mechanics occurred on 14 October and, as a result, the crane remains out of operation.

All efforts are being made to ensure that loading operations across East Arm Wharf are not interrupted and that productivity is maintained as best as it can be, however delays are expected and the Corporation apologises for any inconvenience.  The Corporation is working closely with its stakeholders and communicating specific information directly.

There is a significant amount of work being undertaken to assess the damage to the crane to determine a long term solution, which includes:

  • The engineering report regarding repair requirements and projected timeframes is expected to be received shortly
  • Initial indications are that it could take up to 3 months to have the crane operating
  • DPC are in discussions with a number of parties regarding the mobilisation of a mobile harbour crane to Darwin with the emphasis being on expediency
  • Loading and discharge operations are continuing utilising ship’s equipment however, as this is not as efficient as the shore crane, delays are being experienced
  • Unfortunately the crane break down has coincided with an extremely large shipping demand and every effort is being made to minimise delays to cater for this demand
  • DPC staff continue to liaise with the relevant stakeholders regarding updates to berthing requirements

Stakeholders’ continued patience at this demanding time is very much appreciated as contingency arrangements are finalised.

Further updates will be provided on this site.