Work has started to remove rocks on the revetment wall where 6 Wharf will be built before sheet piling starts this week. Here’s the latest update from the Napier Port 6 Wharf team:
1. Rock removal starts and sheetpile trench work underway
Following our groundbreaking ceremony and a karakia by local kaumātua and mana whenua earlier this month, work has started on removing 200 metres of boulders (limestone rock) and concrete slabs that form part of the revetment wall where 6 Wharf will be built. After the boulders are removed, the excavator backfills the area with smaller recycled fill to build a foundation for sheet piles to be installed.
2. Penguin relocation continues
Throughout the rock removal process, our trained penguin spotters and handlers, Paul Rose and Te Kaha Hawaikirangi, are on-site to keep an eye out for any penguins. So far, we have found five new birds and have transferred them to the sanctuary.
3. Sheet piling planned this week
HEB Construction plan to start sheet piling this week. This involves installing steel sheet piles along the edge of the wharf area to create a temporary wall that will prevent erosion of the port (from wave and tidal forces) as we build 6 Wharf.
The sheet piles will be driven using vibration installation methods, so nearby resident may notice some noise and vibration as this work is completed over the following weeks. You can read our Noise Management Plan here, which outlines how we will manage land-based construction noise as well as underwater noise during the project.
4. Meet our team: Daniel Bethell, 6 Wharf Site Engineer
Dan joined Napier Port in November last year to provide engineering support for 6 Wharf. Working with the 6 Wharf team, Dan will help to ensure the new wharf is ready for its first ship in 2022. Throughout the project, we’re providing lots of employment opportunities. Here’s the first in a series of profiles on the team behind the project.
Tell us what the new job involves Dan
I am basically the on-site eyes and ears for the 6 Wharf project. I supervise the construction activities on a day-to-day basis and will supervise dredging activities when they start mid-year. My role is to help ensure we are on track with the programme and our contract with HEB Construction who are building 6 Wharf. I also work closely with our 6 Wharf Project Safety Advisor to ensure the job is done safely and to a high standard.
What led you to Napier Port and the 6 Wharf project?
I have been working in construction and engineering for 14 years, out in the mines on projects in Western Australia and on roading projects in New Zealand and Fiji. Immediately before this role, I was in Fiji with Fulton Hogan. My partner, Hanna and I came here to have our daughter Rose and be closer to family. This role came up pretty soon after Rose was born, I applied and the stars aligned.
What are you enjoying most about the role and Hawke’s Bay?
The people at Napier Port. I also love the physical location of the port. As a surfer and swimmer being able to work right next to the sea is awesome. We really enjoy the Hawke’s Bay lifestyle too; you have everything you need without the downsides of a big city.
What’s the perfect day for you?
Waking up to a beautiful Hawke’s Bay Day on the weekend, going for a swim and then chilling and eating good food with the family. And also sneaking in a NBA game with the OKC Thunders playing (and winning).