Pilbara Portal - February 2016 Edition

PPA is taking steps to accommodate livestock exports through the Port of Port Hedland.
In December 2015, PPA held a Livestock Export Forum in Port Hedland to discuss port facilities and operating requirements with pastoralists, growers, exporters and key Pilbara-based agencies. The forum was attended by almost 50 industry representatives, including from the WA Livestock Exporters Association.
In February 2016, PPA staff visited the Port of Darwin to view its livestock export loading operations. PPA staff observed the use of a dual loading ramp, which allows livestock to be efficiently unloaded from the top and bottom of a truck directly onto a vessel.
Port of Darwin staff provided an overview of the various health and safety factors that will need to be considered by PPA in recommencing live exports out of Port Hedland. Holding yards were also inspected, which highlighted the transport and logistics requirements.
PPA is reviewing its infrastructure arrangements and will consult with industry to ensure that the proposed upgrades meet industry requirements to facilitate livestock exports out of Port Hedland.


The procurement process for the Port Hedland Integrated Marine Operations Centre (IMOC) project has achieved a major milestone, with shortlisted tenderers providing submissions to the Request for Tender (RFT) for the Design and Construct (D&C) contract.
PPA will now undertake a detailed tender assessment process to appoint a suitable D&C contractor by mid-2016.
From the IMOC, PPA staff will control the marine operations of the port, including vessel movements in the inner harbour, through the channel and offshore anchorages. It will house best practice Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) Systems and equipment for the harbour master function, dredging management, port security, marine pilot briefing facilities and improved incident control capability.
A separate RFT process will soon commence for the VTS System contract, which will include the design, installation and integration of state-of-the-art equipment, sensors and computer systems to manage marine operations.
It is anticipated the IMOC will be fully operational in 2018.

Visit the IMOC webpage for the latest project information, including an IMOC image gallery.
PPA is delivering a Channel Marker Replacement Program (CMRP) to mitigate the risk associated with ageing and deteriorating navigational aids in the Port Hedland harbour and shipping channel.
The loss of one or a combination of navigation aids could result in significant disruption to shipping operations. The CMRP will ensure the safe passage of vessels within the Port of Port Hedland and the continuation of 24/7 shipping operations into the future.

The program will:
  • Provide a safe, reliable navigation system for entering and departing Port of Port Hedland waters for the next 25 years
  • Comply with maritime standards and industry best practice for beacon lighting
  • Improve the structural integrity and reliability of the visual navigation aids
Early works have been completed with the replacement of beacon tops. Future works are currently being scoped including the prioritisation of replacement works and scoping of land-based works.
PPA will invite Expressions of Interest (EOI) from industry for the CMRP in the first quarter of 2016.
PPA has released its Port Development Strategy (PDS) to establish objectives for the planning and development of all ports across the Pilbara to 2030.

The Strategy focuses on regional land use, infrastructure development and logistics to support trade growth through PPA’s ports. Individual Port Master Plans and more specific Land Use Plans will outline proposed developments at the Port of Port Hedland, the Port of Dampier and the Port of Ashburton, as well as the proposed ports of Anketell, Balla Balla and Cape Preston East.

Updated Port Development Guidelines have also been released, which explain the process for proponents seeking to undertake development and construction of infrastructure within PPA’s ports. The guidelines provide detailed performance criteria and minimum development requirements for both land and marine developments.

PPA encourages early and ongoing engagement to assist proponents in the delivery of their developments.

Both the Port Development Strategy 2030 and Port Development Guidelines are available from PPA’s website.
A successful Surveillance Audit of PPA’s Integrated Management System (IMS) was undertaken in February 2016.

The scope of the audit incorporated PPA’s corporate office in Perth, the Port of Port Hedland and for the first time, the Port of Dampier.

The following international and Australian standards were audited:
  • ISO 9001:2008  - Quality Management Systems
  • ISO 14001:2004 - Environmental Management Systems
  • ISO 27001:2013 - Information Technology - Security Techniques - Information Security Management Systems
  • AS/NZS 4801:2001 - Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems
The standards ensure consistency of operations across all PPA ports and offices and allows for effective ongoing quality management of port services.
PPA worked with Onslow stakeholders in delivering its Port of Ashburton Environment Risk Workshop held in December 2015. The Port of Ashburton is located 12km south west of Onslow on the west Pilbara coastline, approximately 1,150km north of Perth.

The workshop identified key environmental values, threats and opportunities in undertaking future maintenance dredging works in the area and the controls that will need to be adopted as part of the proposed maintenance dredging program.

A range of participants from across government, industry and the local Onslow community considered a range of environmental issues including marine life, fauna, amenity, landscape, and indigenous cultural heritage.

The information gathered has assisted PPA to develop a comprehensive risk assessment. Feedback has been collated from workshop participants on the draft assessment, which will now inform environmental controls to be implemented at the port.

PPA continues to work with Chevron regarding the development of port infrastructure as part of the Chevron-operated Wheatstone LNG project. The port will be managed by PPA upon completion of construction.

Visit the Port of Ashburton webpage for more information.
The first tropical cyclone of the season resulted in brief port closures in Port Hedland and Dampier, with PPA’s marine operations team responding swiftly to ready the inner and outer harbours for cyclonic conditions.

Tropical Cyclone Stan made landfall between Port Hedland and Wallal on Sunday 31 January as a Category 2 system.

PPA’s marine operations teams at the ports of Port Hedland and Dampier took proactive measures to evacuate both ports 36 hours prior to the cyclone arriving.

In Port Hedland, 33 vessels at anchor were evacuated first, which allowed 24 hours to evacuate the remaining 16 vessels in the inner harbour. In Dampier, nine vessels at outer anchorages were evacuated, 46 vessels were evacuated from inner anchorages and non-cyclone moorings, and berths cleared of the remaining eight vessels within 18 hours.

At Port Hedland, the port closed for 44.5 hours and at Dampier the port closed for 36 hours. Port operations at the Port of Ashburton were unaffected.

No significant damage was reported to port assets.

PPA provides port users and other stakeholders with regular alerts in the event of a cyclone, which are available via PPA’s website.
In each edition of the Pilbara Portal, we will profile two members of PPA’s Executive Team. This month, we introduce General Manager Risk and Governance, Raechel Paris and General Manager Engineering and Infrastructure, Phil Cooke.

Raechel Paris, General Manager Risk and Governance
With more than 18 years’ experience in legal, commercial and governance roles, Raechel Paris brings a clear focus and insight in administering PPA’s licence to operate.

Raechel joined the former Port Hedland Port Authority (PHPA) in 2011 as General Manager Risk and Governance, and has successfully led the division for the past five years, including through the amalgamation of PHPA and Dampier Port Authority in 2014. Raechel is also PPA’s Company Secretary.

Raechel is responsible for ensuring PPA’s governance, risk and compliance frameworks are supporting PPA’s strategy, and its broader vision to be global leader in port planning, operations and marine services.  Raechel manages a multi-disciplinary team with accountability for Health and Safety, Environment and Heritage, Corporate and Government Affairs, Enterprise Risk, and Legal Services, including internal audit and business assurance, business continuity and crisis management, and corporate insurances. 

In her previous positions, Raechel practised as a corporate lawyer for a number of years, before moving into commercial negotiation and management roles with a number of large private sector organisations.  Originally from Geelong, Victoria, Raechel relocated to Perth ten years ago and enjoys the outdoor lifestyle and opportunity Western Australia offers. 

Raechel holds a Bachelor of Arts/Law from Monash University, is a member of the Governance Institute and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

When Raechel isn’t managing PPA’s risks, she is managing her own risks while cycling, mountain biking, motorcycle riding and tarmac rallying!

Phil Cooke, General Manager Engineering and Infrastructure
PPA’s newest member of the Executive Team, General Manager Engineering and Infrastructure, Phil Cooke, brings a wide-range of project engineering and operational experience across the mining, power, forestry and ports industries.

Before joining PPA in October 2015, Phil’s previous role was General Manager of Infrastructure and Maintenance with the Tasmanian Ports Corporation (Tasports). There he led the development of the Tasports 30 year Port Plan and 10 year Infrastructure Plan and was responsible for the engineering and maintenance of all Tasmanian ports.
This is Phil’s third stint in the Pilbara. He has previously spent time as Project Engineer at Cape Lambert with Robe River Iron Associates between 1988 and 1992, and again with Rio Tinto as Operations Manager of Cape Lambert from 2005 to 2009.

In his diverse career, Phil has worked across a range of resource industries in addition to iron ore, including coal (open cut and underground operations) and uranium. He also managed the operations of the Anglesea Power Station and coal mine in Victoria for five years.

Based at the Port of Dampier, Phil leads PPA’s Engineering and Infrastructure division, responsible for providing engineering services at all PPA ports including asset and project management planning and delivery. A main focus for Phil is the development of a long-term infrastructure plan, which will include the delivery of the Integrated Marine Operations Centre at the Port of Port Hedland.

He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New South Wales.

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