Beacon Cove Ferry Landing - temporary closure

Council has been Committee of Management for a number of assets at Beacon Cove since 2013 and undertakes routine inspections to monitor asset condition. Following a recent inspection, Council has been recommended to precautionarily close the boat landing whilst further investigations are undertaken.

Location

North-Eastern corner and Eastern and Southern Promenades of Beacon Cove

Cost

To be confirmed.

Milestones

Why are we doing this?

Council carries out yearly level 1 visual inspections to check joints, timber fastners, and piles protective jackets above the water.

Level 3 inspections occur every 3-years with underwater divers completing visual inspections, and where required, do invasive coring of timber piles to ascertain the condition of the piles.

The results of these inspections and investigations provide Council with what rectification is required, and accordingly Council has budgeted for some expected replacements over the next 10-years.

A level 3 condition inspection was performed in 2017/18 which found a number of piles to be in poor condition and as a result 27 piles were replaced as part of a larger project. The remaining piles were noted in fair to good condition and an estimation of the deterioration rate was used to determine the remaining useful life of the piles.

As part of the 3-yearly inspection cycle, Council has engaged consultants to undertake level 3 underwater inspections. Divers have recently inspected the ferry landing at the North-Eastern corner of Beacon Cove (as shown in the picture above) and identified that some of the piles have deteriorated at a faster rate than expected, likely due to a higher than anticipated prevalence of marine borer. Further invasive testing is now required to determine the full extent of the condition and provide an indication of remediation works required.

The impact

As a precaution based on the findings of the visual inspection, Council has been recommended to temporarily close the boat landing until the invasive inspections can be conducted to ascertain the overall condition and plan for any remedial works required.

The boat landing will be inaccessible to the general public until further notice and will be cordoned off with appropriate signage.

Objectives

Underwater visual inspections of the North-Eastern corner and Eastern and Southern Promenades of Beacon Cove will inform their condition, and will be followed by invasive testing and outline including any remediation works required.

Next Steps

Council have engaged the consultants to undertake invasive testing and timing of this is to be confirmed and will be provided on our project web page once confirmed.

Additional Inspections

Divers will be undertaking underwater visual inspections of the Eastern and Southern Promenades of Beacon Cove (as shown in the picture below) this Thursday (25 November 2021) and Friday (26 November 2021) which will inform their condition, and will be followed by invasive testing following review of the initial assessment.

Results of these inspections will be communicated to key stakeholders as required and an update provided on our project web page, including any remediation works planned.