Friday, 8 January 2010

Port Botany expansion - the old boat ramp

Sydney Harbour port has closed, and facilities are being expanded at Port Botany on Botany Bay. A new five-berth shipping container terminal is being built.

This public boat ramp has now been closed, replaced by a brand new one I will show tomorrow.

The huge concrete structures are called counterfort units. Altogether 216 will be constructed. They are used in cantilever walls, to retain reclaimed sand. They provide a vertical face for ships to berth against.

If you are of an engineering bent, you can read more here: Sydney Ports Expansion


  1. Fascinating the way man can alter the face of his surroundings. A little mind blowing at the same time!