Shell Pinkenba Product Wharf Update

  • Project Type
  • Petrochemical Terminal
  • Client
  • Shell Australia
  • Project Value
  • AUD 20 million
  • Project Period
  • 2006 - 2010
  • Current Status
  • Completed
  • Services
  • Cost Estimate • Detailed Design • Contract Documentation • Site Supervision


Cullen Grummitt & Roe was commissioned by Shell Australia to investigate and upgrade the Shell Pinkenba Terminal Product Wharf on the Brisbane River to provide a facility for the berthing and product handling of vessels supplying fuel and gas products to this site. The project took into account the future needs for the facility and likely Port of Brisbane requirements for a minimum horizon of 25 years.

The original Shell Pinkenba Product Wharf was designed and constructed in the 1950s based on a maximum vessel size of 18,000 DWT and was principally a timber structure consisting of a central loading platform supported by adjacent berthing and mooring dolphins up and downstream of the loading platform.

Over the years some works were undertaken to either repair or upgrade the capacity of the berth as vessel sizes increased. The current maximum vessel, in order of 40,000 DWT, is significantly greater than the design vessel of the original timber berth. For this reason, an upgrade of the facility was required. The maximum design vessel considered in the deign of the new berth was 50,000 DWT with an overall length of 210m.

The new facility will cater for a range of petroleum products including:

  • White oil
  • Black oil
  • Lube oil
  • LPG
  • Automotive petrol
  • Bunker
  • Avgas
  • Bitumen

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