World-class supplier to build Cascade Pier vessels

Media Release

FN103/2017

29 June 2017

  • Birdon Pty Ltd has been chosen to design and build four custom passenger and cargo vessels for Cascade Pier
  • These vessels will improve loading and unloading of passengers and freight
  • Australian Government investing $16.4 million into Cascade Pier plus another $4.68 million to design and build the vessels

Birdon Pty Ltd has been selected to design and construct four new custom passenger and cargo vessels to service Norfolk Island, Minister for Local Government and Territories Fiona Nash announced today.

Minister Nash said the vessels would make loading and unloading passengers and freight much easier and simpler.

“These vessels will improve safety while loading and unloading and mean Cascade Pier will be able to used in more difficult weather,” Minister Nash said.

“The vessels can also be used at Kingston Pier if needed.

“Birdon is one of Australia’s best ship builders and has built a wide range of vessels for different industries.”

Birdon has a strong background in the maritime construction industry. Its experience includes military and marine construction operating throughout Australia, the USA and Europe.

Representatives from Birdon and the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development were on Norfolk Island earlier this month. They consulted with members of Norfolk Island Regional Council’s Lighterage staff regarding the design of the vessels. 

A contract is in place between Birdon Pty Ltd and the Commonwealth for the construction and delivery of the vessels.

The announcement is on top of the $16.4 million the Australian Government is already investing into the pier which includes the purchase of the new hydraulic crane.