Some of the world’s biggest ports such as Shanghai, Hong Kong and Rotterdam handle millions of tonnes of cargo every year, transporting a wide range of goods around the world.
Soon there will be a couple more new ports on the block, ready to transform local economies around the world and earn their place in our ‘super port hall of fame’ and by the end of 2013, ASCO will be operating them, as well as supporting their design, build, development and operation.
Darwin Marine Supply Base, Australia
Due to open in Spring 2014, the AUD $110m base is owned by the Northern Territory Government with the design and build being managed by ASCO and its construction partner, Macmahon. ASCO will operate the base on completion.
Darwin, which is said to be fast becoming the oil and gas capital of Australia, provides AUD $150m in services and supplies every year to support the industry. This is expected to increase to AUD $420m a year over the next 20 years.
The new MSB is a significant step in preparing for this volume of activity. It will be the first in northern Australia providing a purpose-built facility for vessels that supply offshore oil and gas projects.
Ashley Harrison, ASCO Australia Country Director said, “All vessels supporting offshore operations in the Darwin catchment area will use the MSB, positioning ASCO at the forefront of offshore logistics support at the top-end of Australia.”
Tromso Port, Norway
Also due to open late 2013, will be the new purpose-built supply base and harbour area in Tromso, Norway, which will be the focal point for servicing oil and gas platforms in the North Norwegian Sea.
The development is part of a £30m development plan by the local port authority and comes in direct response to the increased oil and gas activity in the far North of Norway. ASCO will operate the base once open.
Runar Hatlevedt, ASCO MD, Northern Europe, said, “Tromso is a key logistics hub in Northern Norway, strategically situated on the edge of the arctic. This is a very important area of development and will enable us to support key drilling operations in the Northern part of the Norwegian Sea.”
Work to construct the supply base facility is progressing well on the brown field site which is just South of Hammerfest. The site will comprise of 80,000 square metres of industrial space and two deep water quaysides in excess of 200m.