Exmouth Marine Infrastructure Project 2018

About the Gascoyne Development Commission

Project Name:    Exmouth Marine Infrastructure Project

Project Description:         The delivery of safe and reliable marine infrastructure in Exmouth.

Project Objectives:

  • Provide efficient marine infrastructure to facilitate regional, state and national economic growth
  • Promote maritime industries, including offshore oil and gas support, general cargo, cruise shipping, sea-export, Defence and other related services
  • Improve Australia’s situational awareness and lower transport and logistics costs
  • Maintain sound and appropriate environmental management practices
  • Deliver a more stable and viable community making Exmouth a destination and residential location of choice

Current Phase:                 Pre-Feasibility

Completion:                     Target – 2020

Exmouth is widely acknowledged by the cruise industry as a transformational cruise destination capped by its status as World Heritage Area. With its ‘bucket-list’ tourism experiences, strategic northwest cape location and proximity to South East Asia, the ability to bring Exmouth on-line as a guaranteed transit-port will be the evolution of Western Australia’s cruise sector and an economic imperative for the State.  However, Exmouth does not possess suitable and reliable marine infrastructure.

The current Exmouth Boat Harbour is designed to service recreational and commercial vessels up to 35 metres in length.  As such, cruise ships anchor offshore and “transship” patrons using tender vessels, a lengthy and unreliable process. To redress this gap and provide integral job-creating infrastructure, the Commission has investigated a range of solutions and sites, including the construction of a deep-water wharf, use of the Navy Pier and application of floating marine infrastructure.


The Exmouth Marine Infrastructure Project will provide essential infrastructure to enable Exmouth to take advantage of its geographical location and create a vibrant new business environment for Northern and Western Australia.

The Project has the ability to bring Exmouth on-line as a guaranteed transit-port and will provide the necessary infrastructure;

  • to secure the State’s cruise shipping industry
  • assist in long-term development from the resource sector
  • open up supply chain and export opportunities
  • contribute significantly to regional employment and economic development

Project Status

  • Concept Design Report undertaken by Australian Floating Decks and completed in November 2016. Provided Government agencies and commercial operators (including Carnival Australia) with confidence that a floating deck option can meet the operational demands of the cruise shipping industry.
  • Design and Technical Specifications undertaken by Australian Floating Decks and completed in May 2017. This body of work was developed in consultation with Carnival Australia, maritime operators and other engineering expertise.
    • Aurecon compiled the Concept Design Basis Report which incorporated wave, mooring and structural modelling. In addition, Aurecon conducted a bathymetric study and report that demonstrates sea-floor, sea-state and wind conditions are within the tolerance of the proposed design;
    • International Maritime Consultants (naval architects) advised on the pontoon section design, including technical specifications and a stability assessment;
    • Viking SeaTech provided bathymetric studies and specifications associated with the proposed cyclone moorings; and
    • The OEM Group Pty Ltd designed a vessel access system for the movement and trans-shipment of passengers to/from the transfer ferry to/from Exmouth Boat Harbour.

Economic Market Analysis was undertaken by ACIL Allen and completed in July 2017.  The report, commissioned by Tourism Western Australia, estimates that sufficient port infrastructure in Exmouth has the potential to generate up to $443 million towards WA’s economy and create a further 2,983 jobs.