Safety concerns lead to Esperance Tanker Jetty repairs

The walers, corbel and diagonal brace at pile group 66 that came loose from the Esperance Tanker Jetty 160 metres from the headland. Photo: Supplied.

The walers, corbel and diagonal brace at pile group 66 that came loose from the Esperance Tanker Jetty 160 metres from the headland. Photo: Supplied.

The Shire of Esperance carried out repairs to the Tanker Jetty on Sunday, March 19 after pieces of timber came loose.

A shire spokeswoman said the removal of these sections would not impact the stability of the jetty.

“They were no longer being relied on as structural components and had more potential to cause damage if left to continue moving prior to completely breaking away,” she said.

The loose timbers were found on the jetty 160 metres from the headland, during a routine inspection on Friday, March 17.

The shire contacted the State Heritage Office and the Southern Ports Authority that afternoon.

The heritage office confirmed the removal of broken pieces did not breach the conservation order and was allowed, to ensure public safety.

Shire chief executive officer Matthew Scott said loose pieces could swing around and damage the already unstable jetty.

“It is vital that we make sure that we reduce the likelihood of sections of the jetty coming loose and entering the waterways, community safety is a priority,” he said.

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