Buller District Council

Harbour upgrade

21st June, 2021

Installation of the new pontoons on the jetty is underway and will restrict public use of the floating basin car park for approximately six weeks starting in the next two weeks.

Access to the basin, lagoon and the Kawatiri Cycle Trail will not be affected for users during this time.

The installation of the pontoons is part of the Provincial Growth Fund funded upgrade of the harbour and port facilities.

Starting in the next two weeks Buller District Council’s contractor Bellingham are installing the pontoons at the jetty.

Bellingham will use the car park area in front of the Westport Yacht Club to assemble the new pontoons and lift them in place.

A 20m2 working area will be fenced off to the public and used to store the building material, assemble the new pontoons and position the crane while works are in progress.

The working area will be fenced off and the crane will be placed on plywood sheets to protect the sealed area.

The upgrade involves driving piles and adding concrete pontoons to the jetty. The pontoons will be transported and stored at the Westport yacht club car park within the construction site. A crane will lift them into their final position in the water from the car park area. This is not expected to cause any more disruptions for users of the floating basin.

Once complete the jetty will be fully upgraded and be a modern up to date facility for port users.

Port Manager, Paul Scanlon says: “We are very excited with progress and in conjunction with our contractor have put in place all measures to keep the public safe.

We apologise for any inconvenience and ask the public to keep out of the fenced off areas until the upgrade is complete.”

As a strategic asset the upgrade of the harbour and port facilities is necessary to support ongoing trade via the port and future business developments.


For more information contact:

Paul Scanlon
Port Manager


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