Black Swan Shed Deconstruction 2013

The Black Swan Shed was designed and built by Kerman Contracting, a Perth-based company that built all of the large sheds at the Port from 1992 onwards.  The shed, located adjacent to berth two with an original storage capacity of 30,000 tonnes, was completed in 1997. It was built to meet the increasing storage requirements at the Esperance Port following the resumption of nickel concentrate exports through Esperance in the early 1990s after a 15-year lapse. The shed was extended and its storage capacity increased to 40,000 tonnes in 2002

During its 16-year life, billions of dollars of nickel concentrate was stored in the Black Swan Shed before being loaded onto vessels on berth two for export.

Over the years, the hostile internal environment inside the shed caused by the heat of the nickel caused extensive corrosion and this, coupled with the nickel producers turning to containers to export their product, meant that the shed became redundant to the Port’s requirements.

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About Esperance Ports Sea and Land

Esperance Ports Sea and Land is a corporatised entity that operates under the Port Authority Act and oversees the operations of the Esperance Port.

The Port is the largest nickel concentrate exporting port in the southern hemisphere and is the gateway to world markets for Australia’s principal nickel mining region

With the completion of a $54 million port upgrade project in February 2002, Esperance became the deepest port in southern Australia, capable of handling Cape size vessels up to 200,000 tonnes, plus fully loaded Panamax size vessels up to 75,000 tonnes. As a result of this development, iron ore exports through the Port totalled 9.2 million tonnes in the 2010 financial year.

The Port is also a major grain exporting hub and handles bulk imports such as fuel and fertilisers.

Esperance Port handles over 200 ships per annum and more than 11 million tonnes of trade.

Esperance Ports principal functions are to:

  • facilitate trade within and through the Port and plan for the future development of the Port; and
  • be responsible for the safe, efficient and environmentally responsible operation of the Port.

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