Portsea Pier Maintenance Project

Background

As part of our ongoing pier and jetty maintenance program, we regularly assess the condition of maritime structures through technical inspections using professional engineers and divers. A recent engineering inspection at Portsea Pier has identified the need for general maintenance works which require sections of the pier to be closed while repairs are undertaken. These works will prolong the life of the iconic pier, which was first constructed in the 1880s.

The project consists of maintenance repairs to prolong the usable life of Portsea Pier. Following a competitive tender process, the contract for these works was awarded to Elstone Diving Services. They will work to replace a number of decking boards within the pier approach area, replace failing fenders and selected ladders. Specialised marine wraps will be installed to protect 14 of the pier’s deteriorated timber piles, while also replacing one pile which is showing signs of advanced deterioration.

 

Project benefits

  • Visitors and community

These maintenance works address issues which threaten the pier’s structural integrity. Repairs will ensure this much-loved maritime asset remains safe and open for the community to enjoy.

Project partner and funding

The works are funded by the Victorian Government as part of ongoing maritime asset maintenance and repairs. 

 

The project

The project consists of maintenance repairs to prolong the usable life of Portsea Pier. Contractors will work to replace a number of decking boards within the pier approach area, replace failing fenders and selected ladders. Contractors will also install specialised marine wraps to protect 14 of the pier’s deteriorated timber piles, while also replacing one pile which is showing signs of advanced deterioration.

 

Project timeline

  • Tender awarded: May 2022
  • Works commence: Mid-September 2022
  • Works completed: Late 2022

This timeline will be updated as the project progresses. The project’s timeline is dependent on factors such as weather, labour and the availability of materials.

 

Environmental management

Portsea Pier is home to significant marine life and is a popular dive destination. In order to manage and minimise the potential environmental impacts of the repair works; Parks Victoria has commissioned a Marine Ecology Report. Recommendations from this report have shaped our approved methodology of works, with the aim of minimising impacts to the marine environment.

Parks Victoria recognises the heritage character timber piers provide and is committed to ensuring these values are preserved where possible.  While Portsea Pier is not heritage listed, adopting an all-timber reconstruction approach for repairs will help retain the character of the pier.

 

Other information

Parks Victoria is the local port manager for Port Phillip, Western Port and Port Campbell.  The three local ports combined receive approximately 30 million visits a year, and include 263,000 hectares of waterway, marine protected areas, channels, piers and jetties, moorings and aids to navigation. 

 

Stay updated

For regular project updates, please subscribe to the Portsea Pier mailing list
For general enquiries email info@parks.vic.gov.au or call us on 13 1963.

 

Related items

Places to see – Portsea Pier

 

Frequently asked questions

Why is Portsea Pier closed for repair?

As part of our ongoing pier and jetty maintenance program we regularly assess the condition of maritime structures through technical inspections using professional engineers and divers. A recent engineering inspection at Portsea Pier has uncovered concerns which require sections of the pier to be closed while general maintenance works are undertaken. These works will prolong the life of the pier, which was first constructed in the 1880s. These works will prevent further deterioration of the pier and ensure it remains safe and accessible for the local community and visitors to enjoy.

 

What repairs does the Portsea Pier project include?

The project consists of maintenance repairs to prolong the usable life of Portsea Pier. Contractors will work to replace a number of decking boards within the pier approach area, replace failing fenders and selected ladders. Contractors will also install specialised marine wraps to protect 14 of the pier’s deteriorated timber piles, while also replacing one pile which is showing signs of advanced deterioration. 

 

When will the repairs to Portsea Pier be completed and the pier reopened?

The repairs will begin in mid-September 2022 and are expected to be completed in late-2022.

 

Can I access the pier by boat or fish from the pier?

During works, the pier will be closed to the public. As sections of works are completed and it is safe to do so, we are planning a staged reopening of the pier. Visitors are encouraged to follow on-site signage and visit the project page for updates. During weekends, the inner low landing will be available to the public for fishing and closed again on weekdays.

Alternative fishing and boating activities can be enjoyed at nearby Mornington Pier, Frankston Pier, Dromana Pier and Rosebud Pier.

 

Can I still berth my boat or other vessel at the pier during the work?
Parks Victoria’s key priority in the delivery of these works is the safety of the public, staff and contractors. During the works period vessels will be unable to berth at the Portsea Pier. During the period of works there will be times where the pier is completely closed and berthing at low landings will not be permitted. Parks Victoria have worked with the successful contractor to negotiate weekend access to the inner low landing for berthing opportunities for Licensed Tour Operators.

 

Can I swim or dive/snorkel around the pier?

No, during the works period, the area beneath the pier is unsafe for these activities due to construction hazards. You can enjoy similar experiences at Rosebud Pier and Frankston Pier.

 

Who is responsible for managing Portsea Pier?

Parks Victoria is responsible for the management and maintenance of over 40 piers, jetties and related structures in Port Phillip, Western Port and Port Campbell which attract about 33 million visitors per year combined. Parks Victoria carries out regular inspections on all its local port assets ensure they are safe and well maintained.

 
X
By using our site you accept that we use and share cookies and similar technologies with certain approved third parties. These tools enable us to improve your website experience and to provide content and ads tailored to your interests. By continuing to use our site you consent to this. Please see our Privacy Policy for more information.
Confirm