Steel stacks up for recycling


ALMOST GONE: The old jetty with just one section and some piles still to be demolished.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

The soon-to-be recycled steel is starting to stack up as the old Whyalla jetty starts to disappear.

Maritime Constructions has been busy taking down the main frame of the old jetty and transporting it to the small beach in the marina.

These heavy metal beams are being lifted off the old piles with a crane on the barge Elwood before the barge is then towed into the marina by Chappy (Chapman) the tug boat.

From there they will be transported to the Whyalla steelworks to be recycled.


HEAVY LIFTING: The crane on Elwood the barge lifts another section of the old jetty.

Whyalla Mayor Clare McLaughlin said the large chunks of steel being stripped from the old jetty was another sign this project was on track and the exciting next stage of construction for the new jetty wasn’t far away.

“It is wonderful and fascinating to see this work happening at the marina,” Mayor McLaughlin said.

“The process involved with the workers, the barge and the tug to get these huge beams of steel to the little beach at the marina is an impressive sight."


STACKING UP: The steel from the old jetty on the beach in the marina.

The right-hand floating pontoon at the marina had to be removed to allow access to the beach to take the old steel away and allow for the delivery of material for the new jetty. It will be put back in place when construction is completed.

“We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding after the construction site was extended to allow for this work and ask everyone to be careful in this area and obey all the signs and instructions from the contractors,” Mayor McLaughlin said.

“Meanwhile, it is important everyone stays out of the construction site and that includes the designated area at sea around the old jetty.”

More than half of the old jetty’s support structure has now been removed with a land-based crane the next possible step to remove the last sections of the structure close to shore.


LOADING UP: The old steel beams are placed on Elwood the barge.

Any enquiries on this project, or others, can be made by calling Council on 8640 3444 during office hours, by submitting a customer enquiry on our website or via the free My Local Services app which can be downloaded at


PRECISE WORK: Steel sections of the old jetty are lifted off.

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