Integrated Marine Operations Centre
The Port of Port Hedland is Australia’s largest export port by annual throughput and the largest bulk minerals port in the world with 6,000 vessel movements through it each year. Serving the mineral rich east Pilbara region of Western Australia, its main export commodity is iron ore.
Overseeing the port is a AU$70.7 million Integrated Marine Operations Centre (IMOC), a Pilbara Ports Authority operations facility with best-in-class vessel traffic services systems and state-of-the-art equipment. The IMOC, which was completed in 2018, was designed to function 24 hours a day / 365 days a year. The building includes provisions for the Port Harbour Master function, dredging management, port security, marine pilot briefing facilities and an improved incident control capability.
Port Hedland is in a cyclone-prone region and the building’s façade was designed to withstand Cyclonic (Category D) wind loads. Inhabit provided full facade consultancy services on the project and worked in extensive design workshops with the design team, stakeholders and peer review team to develop the design and documentation with sign off at all stages.
Glass and interlayer configurations were designed with industry leaders to provide an economical and structural solution. The Insulated Glass Unit (IGU) panels to the Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) level weighed over 1 Tonne per panel and were installed with bespoke cranage adapters.
The centre was named the “Best Office Building” and the “Best Regional Project 2019” in the Master Builders-Bankwest Kimberley-Pilbara Building Excellence Awards 2019.
LocationPORT HEDLAND, AUSTRALIA
DeveloperPILBARA PORTS AUTHORITY