Fremantle Port’s future questioned after bridge crash

Fremantle Port’s future questioned after bridge crash

By Pamela Medlen

Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk said the State Government promised to install an early warning system on the rail line after a ship hit the bridge in 2011.

Video: Storm causes container ship to break its moorings and crash into Fremantle rail bridge.

Photo: A storm causes a container ship to break its moorings and hit the Fremantle rail bridge.

A container ship smashed into a rail bridge in Fremantle during a storm overnight, disrupting train services between North Fremantle and Fremantle stations.

“At Fremantle Port it’s gone up about 10cm in the past 10 to 15 years and the storm surges are higher, so they can’t predict the power that would drive those boats off their moorings”.

At Fremantle Port it’s gone up about 10cm in the past 10 to 15 years and the storm surges are higher, so they can’t predict the power that would drive those boats off their moorings.

He said the incident highlighted other problems facing that part of the river, including river and storm surges, and a road and rail bridge with a storm surge barrage was needed to prevent washouts.

“In regard to the traffic bridge, they are not installing that sort of warning system despite successive engineering reports saying the bridge is at an unacceptably high risk of damage or collapse in the event of being struck by a vessel,” she said.

“They are only just now installing an early warning system to ensure trains stop automatically if the rail bridge is struck by a ship,” she said.

Read more here: ABC

    

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