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MARINA PLANNING & DESIGN Craning in pontoons to replace G arm berths at Abell Point Marina. Superior delivers speedy rebuild after Debbie hits Abell Point When Cyclone Debbie hit the Australian Whitsunday islands on Tuesday 28 th March 2017 it was a Category 4 with 275km (171mi) winds and was unusually slow moving. But, although it was slow to build, when the eye passed over, winds swung from the north and made the storm significantly more destructive. Given the severity of the cyclone, there were relatively few vessels in the area that actually sank but many sustained damage. Pontoon infrastructure at award-winning Abell Point Marina (APM) took a battering. Berths on H, J, K, F, G and A arms at APM were deemed non-salvageable, resulting in a direct and dire impact on many of the 80-plus independent commercial businesses which operate from the hardest hit North Marina. With tourism demand at its highest in the tropical northern Queensland winter, time was of the essence in order to minimise negative impact on these businesses and the local Airlie Beach community. APM owner, Paul Darrouzet, had Superior Jetties on site within 48 hours of the cyclone and, in conjunction with the APM management group, an immediate ‘make safe’ campaign was instigated and undertaken. This was swiftly followed by commencement of a marina rebuild. Maria Dwyer from Oceanic Marine Risk Insurance, as the CGU representative, was instrumental in facilitating expeditious insurance responses which enabled quick action. A destroyed 30m (98ft) gangway was lifted from L arm fuel dock on Monday 3 rd April and a loan unit installed to allow fuel business to be restarted in under a week. The Superior team on the Gold Coast worked to establish the logistics, scheduling, material and personnel requirements to ensure that the rectification project would happen in record time. Superior’s Ryan Hogan was appointed project manager and he arrived in Airlie Beach to help the BIA volunteer group with emergency work in the community in the first week after the cyclone. Hogan then set up a project office at the marina and pontoon manufacture commenced at Superior Jetties’ facilities on the Gold Coast in less than four weeks. Pontoon deliveries were made every Monday throughout the project without fail. The demolition and re-piling programme was undertaken quickly and efficiently by Pacific Marine Group, which has worked with Superior on a number of occasions in the past. The on-site team completed the project in sections to enable the marina team to accommodate ever increasing numbers of winter visitors prior to full arms being completed. This was achieved through a complex project services plan and the dedication of sub-contractors such as Orca Marine, Proserpine Electrical and Whitsunday Drainage Contractors. The entire project was completed in August 2017 with only some minor ongoing repairs outstanding for local contractors to handle. The ‘Abell Point Marina Cyclone Rectification Project’ was a wonderful example of focused efforts by many parties to rebuild a resilient community, and Superior Jetties is extremely proud to have been a part of the process. New berths on A arm after the originals were deemed non-salvageable. - January/February 2018 31

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