16/05/2018 10:59 AM
Port of Eden’s new wharf is on the way
Port of Eden will soon be able to host the biggest cruise ships as construction starts on the port’s 110m breakwater wharf extension.
After years in the making, the $44 million project to extend Port of Eden’s wharf has begun. The project will transform the capabilities of the port by allowing vessels over 300m in length to berth in Snug Cove for the very first time and help turn the town into a major cruise destination.
Last November, an eight-week-long dredging project removed 231,500 cubic metres of sediment from Eden’s seabed to prepare the port for visits from some of the world’s largest cruise ships.
Following surveying work by Port Authority of NSW, Waterway Constructions have now begun work to drive 127 steel pylons into the seabed to create the foundations of the 110m wharf.
Image: Port of Eden’s wharf extension will allow some of the biggest cruise ships to include Eden on their itineraries.
During construction, the port will remain open and shipping and transport movements will be managed around the ongoing works by Port Authority’s Eden team.
However, Eden’s breakwater wharf will remain closed to the public during construction and will reopen when the project is completed in 2019. Visiting private vessels and yachts can continue to tie up at the mooring jetty, which is situated on the western side of Snug Cove. There are also moorings available at Cocora Beach and East Boyd Bay.
Jointly funded by the Australian Government, NSW Government and Bega Valley Shire Council, the Eden Breakwater Wharf Extension Project aims to cement Eden’s place on the Australian cruise map and drive economic growth in the region.
Eden is becoming increasingly popular as a destination for the cruise industry, with 15 cruise ships visiting the port town over the 2017/2018 cruise season — up from 14 visits during 2016/17.