Webb Dock

Forta Ferro


Forta Ferro


40, 000 Square Metres


May, 2015



The Port of Melbourne is Australia’s largest container port. Recent record levels of trade have caused significant capacity constraints, limiting the number of goods that can be imported and more importantly, exported from the site. Webb Dock was once the major container shipping facility in the port, however, in recent times it fell into disrepair due to its limited capacity.

Originally built in the 1960’s, the dock is being redeveloped to provide capacity for over 1,000,000 container movements per year. To achieve this level of operation, the dock is being automated with remote controlled equipment that improves accuracy and significantly reduces costs, making the dock internationally competitive.

Constructing an automated dock brings with it some very unique design challenges. Driverless lifting cranes are guided by magnets embedded directly into the concrete pavement. The design called for sections of the pavement to be free of steel so that the electromagnetic field is not disturbed. This meant that traditional steel reinforcement could not be used in all locations.

The Scope

Provide a high-performance reinforcing solution that will allow for the roll-out of dock automation, improving efficiencies on one of Australia’s busiest port facilities.

The Problem

The Webb Dock is an aging facility in various states of disrepair. With increasing activity there is the need for remediation of the existing structure but to also expand the facility for future growth.

Our Solution

Engineers working for the Port of Melbourne selected ReoCo as their design partners to assist in the creation of the specification for more than 10,000 m2 of pavement and 10,000 precast sleeper units.

The Port of Melbourne selected Forta Ferro fibre as the only fibre suitable for the project in both pavement and precast elements.

The Results

Forta Ferro has given the Port of Melbourne a durable and functional result, meeting all the requirements set out in the original design brief. The versatility of the fibre meant that one fibre was used across a number of reinforcing applications helping to deliver the project on time and budget.

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