Australian Floating Decks is contracted to the new Pilbara Ports Authority and is doing marine logistics infrastructure design work for clients in the Philippines and Oceania.

We provide innovative logistics solutions through a whole range of service options from consultancy, design, installation, project management and operations. We have key partnerships and networks with leading firms in engineering design, construction and operations.

Our floating deck models are much more than infrastructure.  They form logistics systems that are carefully designed to optimise benefits for our client’s core business.

Our current floating deck models include the floating deck (FD) and the floating deck transhipment system (FDTS).

Floating Deck model - FD

The floating deck is designed to remain in a single location with minimum movement to allow large crane operations. The design allows for 3500 to 4000 square metre decks (or larger if required) and the ability to modularise the installation. The installation has a high deck strength allowing for cargo stacking and high point loads.  It can be entirely hydraulic allowing for fast disconnection times.

The installation has a whole range of applications such as a forward supply base with serviced berths, fuel installation, general cargo stevedoring and bulk handling. The floating deck can be bridged to infrastructure such as a wharf or land-backed facility with a vehicular ramp that has excellent proven operability even in the world’s largest tidal ranges.

The FD model is highly robust and safe and can be very quickly demobilised making it suitable for operations in cyclone prone areas.

The FD model is being installed by a leading energy company in Western Australia to support its remote area logistics.

FDTS FD on cyclone mooring FDTS FD on cyclone mooring

Floating Deck Trans-Shipment model - FDTS

The floating deck transhipment model uses a moving floating deck that provides a transhipment platform for access by large vessels that otherwise could not access the site.

This model allows for cargo exchange by either RORO or LOLO ships and can rapidly shift multi-thousand tonne cargo shipments.  It is supported by shore infrastructure that can include quarantine wash-down facilities and customs licensed premises to facilitate international cargo.

Each floating deck has the capacity to handle routine break-bulk or unitised shipments or giant pre-assembled modules weighing thousands of tonnes.
The FDTS is being installed by a consortium of leading companies in Western Australia to facilitate remote area project cargo logistics.

FDTS combined DFD and FDTS FDTS floating deck to shore operations FDTS ship to floating deck operations

Advantages of the systems

Our logistics systems offer:

  • flexible, lightweight and rapidly constructed infrastructure that is safe, robust and able to be used long-term
  • fast construction times
  • low capital costs
  • client specific solutions
  • ease of construction
  • low environmental impact
  • heritage protection
  • advanced operational standards and methodology  
  • ability for rapid expansion
  • flexibility
  • operational and technical adaptability
  • ease of maintenance
  • easy adaptability to port services
  • sophisticated logistics facilitation.  

We can help develop complete deal structures for establishing the installations, and design solutions that provide excellent returns for private proponents yet complement public policy objectives.

For more information on Australian Floating Decks, our capabilities and services please see the following documents:

pdfCapability statement


pdfDampier Port media release