AFTER NEARLY FOUR DECADES OF EXPORT FROM THE CAPE CUVIER TERMINAL, OPERATIONS REMAINED CONSTRAINED TO DAYLIGHT ONLY AND WEATHER LIMITED ACTIVITY.
Our Affiliate Company, Oropesa Holdings Pty Ltd has been the long term terminal operational services provider to Cape Cuvier. Oropesa Holdings sought to support Rio Tinto’s expansion ambitions to grow this terminal from a 3mtpa operation to a maximum of 20mtpa. A self initiated efficiency review of our client’s activities identified a number of opportunities to support development of this operation with minimal capital expenditure.
Oropesa Holdings designed, developed and then implemented physical and operational changes to the port infrastructure and systems, that moved into trial and ultimately acceptance of a new capability to the operation. This significant undertaking was not commissioned or requested by our client – we saw the need and acted on it. The successful outcome for the terminal operation reflects the ethos of our company and our belief that we will deliver the advantage where ever we possibly can.
The results of these endevors have been far better than predicted, reaping significant:
- Reductions in demurrage
- Positive returns on dispatch
- Increase in safety of port operations
- Reduction in operating costs
- Increase marketability of the port
- Lifting of the stated port daily loading rate
- Overall growth in the export capacity of the operation
This has allowed our client to focus on what they do best – Production of the export material.
Subsequently, Oropesa Holdings Pty Ltd was recognised by the Rio Tinto Supplier Recognition awards as one of the three finalists in the services supplier catagory in 2012 from a field of over 3000 service providers across Rio Tinto’s business.
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE RAN - PROJECT 1180 (OFFSHORE PATROL VESSEL)
THE THREE-MONTH PROJECT HAD TO BE DELIVERED WITHIN 20 DAYS
Our work for the DoD continues in support of broader infrastructure considerations with a once in a generation investment by Government in new platforms for the RAN under the current Defence White Paper. Additional to this work Oropesa identified opportunity to enable risk mitigation of existing operations at this site with minimal outlay. This initiative will also provide much needed data required to quantify further development of the wider facility. Also outside of the scope of this work we provided three proposals for development of capacity at the facility utilising new technology that will enable a low cost expansion with reduction in operational risk and shore services burden.
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT
WA GOVERNMENT – SUITE OF PORT PLANS
The Western Australian Government Department of Transport is the Regulator of 10 minor Ports across the vast expanse of the WA Coast. Ranging from the Kimberly to Perth these Ports contribute significant economic, community and social wealth to the State.
As the Government readied to transition the regulatory functions of these ports, the Department required a raft of Port Management, Safety and Response plans to be developed, defining the individual arrangements and mechanisms of each Port location and the various activities they undertake.
Oropesa was selected to embark on the year long process of risk assessing each Port, its trade, environment, community and economy and then provide the Risk and Safety Management instructions for these operations.
This work drew on Oropesa’s in-depth knowledge of the Western Australian Coast, combined with its industry leading position within regulatory and operational management to deliver a suite of instructions attuned to the local demands, capacity and influences at each Port.
WA DEPARTMENT OF JOBS, TOURISM, SCIENCE and INNOVATION
A REVIEW OF THE AUSTRALIAN MARINE COMPLEX – COMMON USER FACILITY, INFRASTRUCTURE AND FACILITIES
In 2018 Oropesa was selected to deliver a baseline assessment of the Western Australian Government owned AMC-CUF Infrastructure and facilities. Defence West required Oropesa Port Management to undertake assessment of this asset and determine how the AMC CUF infrastructure and facilities meet the Current, Forecast and Future needs of the Royal Australian Navy and the Defence Industry that supports it.
As one of two committed Shipbuilding locations for Australia the AMC is a vital component of National Defence Industry Capability. At the foremost is the ability of this location to provide sustainment of the RAN’s fleet assets including those yet to be delivered.
The achievement of this assessment required engagement with numerous stakeholders across Defence and Defence Industry to ensure detailed comprehension of the readiness of the AMC CUF and its ability to meet the needs of Defence.
At all times, the context was formed with reference to contemporary strategic guidelines including:
2016 Defence White Paper,
2018 Defence Industrial Capability Plan, 2017 Naval Shipbuilding Plan,
2016 Defence Industry Policy Statement, 2016 Integrated Investment Program (IIP), and the 2018 Defence Export Strategy.
This important work provided key understanding to the development of the Strategic Plan for the future of the AMC CUF and underpins the success of the Industries that rely on it.
GOVERNMENT OF SOUTH SUMATRA, INDONESIA
GREEN FIELDS DEEP WATER PORT CONCEPT AND FEASIBILITY
The Government of Sumatra Selatan has long held a desire to advance its economy through the establishment of a Deepwater Port and Special Economic Zone (SEZ) at Tanjung Api-Api on the North Coast of the Provincial Indonesian State.
As well as realising economic benefits to the Province, the Project also allowed the transfer of heavy industry from the centre of the Capital Palembang enabling town planning to advance the modernisation of this thriving metropolis. This SEZ was gazetted under a Presidential Decree.
In recent years the Indonesian Ports Corporation had conducted a Feasibility Study for the development of a large multi- commodity Port at Tanjung Carat. This was predicated on a fiscal modal supported by large volumes of brown coal, Crude Palm Oil (CPO) and a large scale Container Hub.
After signing a Memorandum of Understanding with Government of South Sumatra, Oropesa provided a review of the Tg. Carat plan to verify doubts on the financial viability of the project and its ability to support the construction and development of the Api Api SEZ itself.
Oropesa provided site surveys and on ground verification of assumptions before delivering high level reports and briefs for the Governor and staff to alleviate further risk to the project’s viability. This project is now moving forward and will provide a key component to the Indonesian Governments’ vision of a “Blue Highway” for diversification of trade and economy across the archipelagic nation.
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