Hamilton pontoon to roll out gangway-style


Everything from yachts to luxury cruisers will be disembarking gangway-style at Hamilton Northshore when a new half-million-dollar pontoon is completed mid this year.

Transport and Main Roads Minister, Mark Bailey said a $506,000 contract had been awarded to experienced Queensland marine contractor, The Jetty Specialist, to design and deliver the exciting project.

‘‘Hamilton Northshore is Queensland’s largest waterfront urban renewal project and an increasingly popular destination for river users as well as those wanting to enjoy the riverfront,” Mr Bailey said.

“This is a welcome announcement for the Northshore community with the new pontoon located in the heart of this popular dining, retail and residential hub which is continuing to evolve alongside the Brisbane River.

“The works will involve the design and construction of a new 30-metre-long pontoon for visiting deep-draft boats which will be accessed by a 35-metre-long, 2.5-metre-wide gangway.

“The length of the pontoon allows for two or three vessels, depending on their size, to berth at a time on the front, and about 10 small tenders to berth at the back.

“With an ever-increasing number and variety of vessels looking to access the Brisbane River, the new pontoon will be a welcome addition.

“Skippers of boats of all sizes ranging from yachts to cruising vessels will be able to plan their activities on the river knowing they have a navigationally suitable and enjoyable pick-up and set-down point.”

The Jetty Specialist is due to start works on-site in early March, with completion due in May 2018.

Funding is being provided from Queensland Government’s Marine Infrastructure Fund which provides new and improved recreational boating facilities throughout Queensland.

This was a direct result of QRBC (Qld Recreational Boating Council) requesting one or more deep-draught vessel landings in the Brisbane River. QRBC met in 2010 with TMR’s demand forecasting consultant, which resulted in inclusion of the issue in the 2011 edition of the demand study.