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Scaffold lift to number 3 loader RG Tanner Wharf
Scaffold lift to number 3 loader RG Tanner Wharf

Gladstone Harbour

Scaffold lift to number 3 loader RG Tanner Wharf

A 7 ton Scaffolding system that was built onshore was lifted onto the dumb barge and our vessel masters skillfully placed the tug and barge combination under the ship loader for final lift into position to support shutdown works.   Vessels Alkira and Shackleton along with a 36m Dumb Barge proved to be perfect for the job and completed the works flawlessly. 

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McConnell Dowell Project coming to a close
McConnell Dowell Project coming to a close

South Trees Inlet

McConnell Dowell Project coming to a close

Pipe placement and welding on the second last day of the QAL Waste Line 4 replacement project for McConnell Dowell. Barge “Steel Ranger” with FMG’s 60 Ton crane worked the shallows of the South Trees Inlet, to deliver pipes as required to the Client. Placement of the barge was with the multicat “Shackleton” and held in position with the spud arrangements. Timing was the main factor due to the limited tidal range in the work area. Just over 600 metres of pipework was lifted into place, held when welded and lowered in a space of 4 weeks doing 5/6 day weeks. FMG would like to congratulate McConnell Dowell on a well run project. FMG Management thank all Contractors and Staff for another successful project completion.  

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McConnell Dowell Project - South Trees
McConnell Dowell Project - South Trees

South Trees

McConnell Dowell Project - South Trees

https://youtu.be/-k3gICjykVM Tug Alkira is manoeuvring Steel Ranger into position for the Shackleton hook up at Gladstone Marina. The Shackleton will tow the Steel Ranger to South Trees to commence work.

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Demolish Timber Wharf
Demolish Timber Wharf

South Molle Island, QLD

Demolish Timber Wharf

Fodico has been contracted to demolish the old timber wharf at South Molle Island. Fodico developed a methodology and mobilised the vessels Alkira, Steel Ranger and Beetle Barge to complete the work. The Steel Ranger has been fitted out with our 60 tonne Crawler Crane and site amenities. Positioning spuds are fitted to minimise the sea floor impact.

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Derelict Vessel Removal
Derelict Vessel Removal

Central & South East QLD

Derelict Vessel Removal

Fodico Marine Group has been contracted to retrieve derelict vessels on behalf of Marine Safety Queensland, 'War on Wrecks'. So far we have removed 12 derelict vessels from the pristine shores of Central and South East Queensland. This project has utilised our inhouse equipment including workboat Shackleton, Barge WBIII and our CAT long reach excavator. Fodico Marine Group hopes to continue this work as more of the project rolls out.

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Vessel Salvages
Vessel Salvages

Coorooman Creek, QLD

Vessel Salvages

Commissioned by Maritime Safety Queensland, Fodico successfully removed derelict vessels from the Coorooman Creek near Yeppoon, QLD.  Equipment used for this, was the 43M landing barge 'Moreton Venture' fitted with an excavator operated by Shore Excavation from Gladstone.  The operation is being supported by the 'Patrol 1', a high speed response and crew transfer vessel.

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Core Sampling For Channel Duplication
Core Sampling For Channel Duplication

Gladstone Harbour, QLD

Core Sampling For Channel Duplication

Multi-Cat Shackleton and Crew were engaged by SEAS Offshore to carry out vibrocoring works as part of the Gladstone Harbour Channel Duplication Project.  The team of 6 successfully gathered more than 150 core site and grab samples. The vessel was fitted with a stern anchor and hydraulic winch for the job which enabled unobstructed clearance for the vibrocoring equipment over the bow.  The Shackletons' deck mounted crane fitted with winch wire was operated via remote control by the crew for both vibrocoring and sampling.

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Assist Pile Reconstruction of Calliope Bridge
Assist Pile Reconstruction of Calliope Bridge

Calliope, QLD

Assist Pile Reconstruction of Calliope Bridge

Flat Top Barges WBIII and Herron on hire to Golding Contractors for the pile reconstruction of the Calliope River Bridge, Gladstone.

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Bunkering Potable Water
Bunkering Potable Water

Fisherman’s Landing, Gladstone, QLD

Bunkering Potable Water

The crew of the Seawind 1 oversee the bunkering of 200 tonnes of potable water to bulk carrier alongside at Fisherman’s Landing, Gladstone. The Seawind is one of two landing craft in the fleet with the ability to transport bulk fuel and water.

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Bulk Diesel & Potable Water Deliveries
Bulk Diesel & Potable Water Deliveries

LNG Curtis Island, Gladstone, QLD

Bulk Diesel & Potable Water Deliveries

To date, Fodico’s 46m Seawind I landing barge has delivered 18.8 million litres of fuel and 275 million litres of potable water to QCLNG.

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Barging Of Equipment & Aggregate
Barging Of Equipment & Aggregate

Curtis Island, QLD

Barging Of Equipment & Aggregate

Contracted by Thiess, our landing barge Moreton Venture successfully carried all aggregate and construction materials required for the under-harbour tunnel to GLNG.

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Bulk Construction Water
Bulk Construction Water

Gladstone Harbour, QLD

Bulk Construction Water

Fodico operated a dedicated water carrier, mooring pontoon and floating pipeline to deliver 450ML of construction water for McMahon Services on the GLNG site, Curtis Island.

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Placement of Concrete Matting Over Gas Pipeline
Placement of Concrete Matting Over Gas Pipeline

Boyne Smelter, Gladstone, QLD

Placement of Concrete Matting Over Gas Pipeline

"Tug ‘Wandana’ and Flat Top Barge ‘Steel Rover’ assist Subcontractor with placement of concrete mats over submerged gas pipeline to Boyne Smelters, Gladstone. "

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First LNG Site Surveys
First LNG Site Surveys

LNG Site, Gladstone, QLD

First LNG Site Surveys

Fodico provided marine logistics to take the first surveyors over to Curtis Island for the beginning of construction works.  The company continues to support the LNG Projects to date.

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FMG Assist Whitsunday Region
FMG Assist Whitsunday Region

Whitsundays, QLD

FMG Assist Whitsunday Region

Fodico Marine Group continues to assist the Whitsunday Region through the strategic placement of diverse and well equipped vessels, The Moreton Venture has been shipping cargo around the islands assisting with post cyclone building and re-construction, while the Shackleton and the WBIII have so far salvaged 5 yachts from high up in the mangroves of Shute Harbour.

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Geotechnical Drilling Investigation
Geotechnical Drilling Investigation

Gladstone Harbour, QLD

Geotechnical Drilling Investigation

Long-term client J & S Drilling use the Fodico Marine Group waterfront facility to prepare to mobilise the Ocean Driller II to undertake geo-technical drilling investigations for the Gladstone Harbour Channel Duplication Project.  Assisted by the Hydro-Tow owned 15m Harbor/Pusher Tug Alkira they will carry out core sampling, recovering sub-sea soil samples.  The Alkira will replenish the offshore drilling platform with diesel and water whilst also transferring the crew each day. Maintaining a security and safety watch whilst the drilling operations are underway. Fodico Marine Group continue to secure contracts with long-term clients due to our unrivalled flexibility and first-class facilities.

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Luxury Helicopter Pontoon for Hardy Reef
Luxury Helicopter Pontoon for Hardy Reef

Hamilton Island, QLD

Luxury Helicopter Pontoon for Hardy Reef

Fodico was presented with the task of delivering a new attraction for the Whitsundays in the form of a luxury helicopter pontoon for Hardy reef. It was built in Brisbane and shipped to the Whitsundays as a deck load on board the Fodico vessel 'Moreton Venture'. Once again, the MV performed the task with ease and facilitated the safe and incident free delivery of the cargo.

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Heli Lifts at Hamilton Island
Heli Lifts at Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island, QLD

Heli Lifts at Hamilton Island

Thanks to Paynter Dixon we can take a look at the recent action on the Hamilton Island Yacht Club Villa’s Insurance Rectification project. The sort after Hamilton Island Yacht Club Villa’s had their roof’s severely damaged by the force of Cyclone Debbie in early 2017. Commissioned to undergo the restoration works, PDQ were tasked to navigate a number of site access constraints. This unique location required the transport of the replacement custom roof sheeting (18 meters in length) to the site. The project consisted of a two-part delivery. Firstly, Moreton Venture Barge was loaded on the mainland with the roof sheeting in tow, and moored 300 meters off Hamilton Island. Then a helicopter was rigged and the roof sheeting was lifted from the barge, flown into the site compound and unloaded on site with precision. This innovative solution eliminated the need for numerous crane lifts, which would have exposed more workers to unnecessary risk, and blocked access roads throughout the resort.

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Historic HMAS Gladstone Manoeuvre
Historic HMAS Gladstone Manoeuvre

Gladstone, QLD

Historic HMAS Gladstone Manoeuvre

In November Fodico Marine Group were approached by the Gladstone Ports Corporation for their expertise and to join with other companies in donating services for the relocation and lifting of the Ex Navy Patrol Boat “HMAS Gladstone” to its display site at the newly developed East Shores Precinct Recreation Parkland. Congratulations to Walz Constructions, ALE Heavy Lift, Realf Diving and all involved on the success of this exceptionally well planned and managed operation.

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Marine Support Wicet Coal Facility
Marine Support Wicet Coal Facility

Wicet Coal Facility, Gladstone, QLD

Marine Support Wicet Coal Facility

FMG was recently contracted by the Gladstone infrastructure company Walz Group to provide marine plant and operators. This project involved the removal, modification and replacement of the coal loader shute of the recently commissioned WICET Coal Facility in Gladstone. Equipment chosen included the 15-metre multi-cat vessel 'Shackleton', and the 24-metre construction barge 'WBIII' fitted with a four point mooring system.

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NSW Ports Maintenance
NSW Ports Maintenance

Port Kembla, Brotherson Dock, NSW

NSW Ports Maintenance

NSW Ports extends their regular Port Kembla maintenance dredging to now include Brotherson Dock in Botany Bay, Hydro-Tow completed a significant amount of dredging in 2014/15 for NSW Ports ensuring their ports are kept at maximum capacity. Fodico Marine Group have invested heavily in the technical aspect of dredging with major software improvements and hydrographic survey now part of everyday operations. FMG can offer the Port operator a complete service in order to maintain their channel and berth pocket depths and ensure their obligations to shipping are met. From beginning to end we conduct initial surveys, compile a dredging plan with the Port Operators, conduct low impact dredging, and present the client with full Class A surveys on completion.

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Diversion Drain Upgrade
Diversion Drain Upgrade

QCLNG, Gladstone QLD

Diversion Drain Upgrade

Fodico began supporting Bechtel with their Diversion Drain Upgrade on QCLNG at the end of September 2017 and due to end approximately January 2018. With the use of our Vessel Seawind I, we are providing the transportation of earthworks equipment & 5000 tonnes of aggregate ranging in various sizes.

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Transport Over Dimensional Loads
Transport Over Dimensional Loads

LNG, Gladstone QLD

Transport Over Dimensional Loads

The Seawind is frequently called up by LNG proponents to move the over dimensional plant and track machinery.  Fodico Marine Groups extensive experience in managing these difficult loads with at times challenging conditions resonates well with clients.

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Pacific Tiger Dredging Campaign
Pacific Tiger Dredging Campaign

Half Tide Tug Harbour, Hay Point, QLD

Pacific Tiger Dredging Campaign

The Pacific Tiger has recently completed a very successful dredging campaign that removed 10,000 cubic metres of siltation in the Half Tide Tug Harbour Line boat and Tugboat Berths. This project was completed in house from start to finish using our close friends at Australian Hydrographic Surveys as survey support and Project Management.

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Transport of Camp Accommodation
Transport of Camp Accommodation

Curtis Island, LNG, QLD

Transport of Camp Accommodation

Decmil Australia Pty Ltd engages Fodico to provide Barge Services and Shore Facilities for the removal of Camp Accommodation from the QGCLNG site on Curtis Island. This is currently being accomplished using Fodico's LCT 'Moreton Venture', on a 10 week nightshift program.

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2016 Removal of Cyclone Moorings
2016 Removal of Cyclone Moorings

Gladstone Harbour, QLD

2016 Removal of Cyclone Moorings

Fodico Marine Group has been selected to remove 13 cyclone moorings in Gladstone Harbour. The removal process is progressing well with Company vessels Shackleton and WB III being utilised.  The mooring systems are being landed, cleaned and stored at the Fodico Marine Group facility in Gladstone Marina.  Fodico Marine Group has engaged local dive company Realf's Diving and Salvage to assist with diving requirements.

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Sea-Floor Profiling – Hydrographic Survey
Sea-Floor Profiling – Hydrographic Survey

North Queensland

Sea-Floor Profiling – Hydrographic Survey

Fodico Marine Group has long been recognised for its expertise in sea-bed profiling, and is the East Coast’s biggest operator in the specialty. An additional string to the sea-bed bow came in the aftermath to the 2011 cyclones when masses of debris fouled the berth pockets of several ports. The debris included enormous haul pack size tyres used for fendering, and other items for which no suitable retrieval system existed. It had to be removed before dredging could begin. To deal with this new problem Hydro-Tow designed and constructed specialized sub-sea debris removal gear and rigged it on vessels already equipped with dedicated sonar. Apart from the engineering work involved in creating the equipment, Hydro-Tow’s sophisticated sonar equipment and the long experience of their operators allowed every item to be located and plucked from the bottom. This success influenced the choice of Hydro-Tow as the contractors for a unique remedial dredging operation in North Queensland. It required a great deal of engineering innovation and a vast amount of technical expertise. The original dredging was carried out by a different contractor, and it involved the removal of a considerable quantity of rock. Specifications required that rock of certain dimension be reprocessed or removed from the spoil ground. The challenge for Hydro-Tow was to collect these larger rocks, break them down to size and redistribute them. The work has taken two seasons, so far, the preparations a significant additional time. The plan was for the collection of the rocks into windrows, to be later picked up and processed. Hydro-Tow constructed a sorting rake that would collect only the oversized rocks and deployed it from an A-frame on the stern of “Pacific Tiger”, a tug of only 22 metres measured length. A subtlety of the rake was the ability to spill and drop the rocks to order. The plan went perfectly, a credit to the planning and design. The processing operation required more modifications to “Pacific Tiger”. Hydro-Tow laid enclosing rails on the after deck for two tracked three-tonne excavators; enclosed in the sense that they prevented any possibility of the excavators capsizing. These could track fore and aft but lateral movement was limited to slewing. The rake, when full, would be hauled; the after excavator then plucked the rocks from the rake and dumped them into a bin on deck. The forward excavator, fitted with a rock breaking attachment, attacked the rocks and reduced them to screened size. With a full load of sized rocks on board, “Pacific Tiger” would then spread them over the spoil ground. The vessel keeps records of sonar sweeps to keep the client in touch with progress. 3,500 rocks so far have been processed and spread over the spoil ground.  This is a unique operation, conceived from scratch and executed by possibly the only operator with the confidence and capability to carry it out.

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Drilling & Vibro Coring Programme for GPC
Drilling & Vibro Coring Programme for GPC

Gladstone Harbour, QLD

Drilling & Vibro Coring Programme for GPC

Long Standing Client J&S Drilling recently demobilised the Jack Up Barge 'Ocean Driller II', at Fodico's load out facility. This was following Aurecon completing a successful Drilling and Vibro Coring Program in Gladstone Harbour for Gladstone Ports Corporation. Aurecon combined with J&S Drilling and Seas Offshore, for the drilling and vibro coring program. Fodico's multicat vessel 'Shackleton' was engaged as the support Tug, for moving the 'Ocean Driller II' to site and position at hole locations and used as a platform for the Vibro Coring Operations. The versatility of the Shackleton and sound planning by Aurecon, enabled both programs to be run simultaneously using Fodico's shore facilities in Gladstone Marina for mobilisation, operations and demobilisation.

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Tugs Chartered for LNG Construction
Tugs Chartered for LNG Construction

Curtis Island, QLD

Tugs Chartered for LNG Construction

Tug ‘Alkira’ was placed on long-term charter to assist John Holland Group with the construction of three LNG loading facilities (APLNG, QCLNG, and GLNG) on Curtis Island. Daily duties included the relocation of construction barges (120’ to 210’), anchor movements, handling of supply barges (120’ to 180’), delivery of deck cargo, and tug assists for inbound shipping. From an initial period of 9 months, the charter period was eventually extended for more than 18 months, and at peak times involved the daily coordination of up to six tugs – owned and operated by Fodico Marine Group.

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Whitsundays – Marine Logistics
Whitsundays – Marine Logistics

Whitsundays, QLD

Whitsundays – Marine Logistics

The Moreton Venture has arrived and successfully completed initial works in the Whitsundays for Banks Transport. The vessel is now based in the Whitsundays and is available for spot hire or long term charter. The Vessel equipped with 6 trailer handling cargo stands and a Caterpillar 910 4x4 loader. With a deck load capacity of 240 tonnes over 440 m2 and a lightship draft of 1.4m Moreton Venture is the perfect vessel for cargo supply to the surrounding islands. She has a passenger capacity of 220 persons so she can also be used to ferry large groups of people and land either at a pontoon or beach.

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Cyclone Repair Assistance
Cyclone Repair Assistance

Dampier, WA

Cyclone Repair Assistance

Seawind I has been chartered by Bhagwan Marine to transport goods and equipment around Dampier, after the area was devastated by a cyclone in 2019.

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Sensitive Salvage of Sea Plane
Sensitive Salvage of Sea Plane

Heart Reef, Whitsundays QLD

Sensitive Salvage of Sea Plane

Fodico Marine Group conducts sensitive salvage of sea plane. FMG was called upon to conduct the salvage of a Beaver sea plane that was submerged at the world famous “Heart Reef” in the Whitsundays. Utilizing the Moreton Venture as a platform and the services of local dive and transport operators the crew was able to salvage the Aircraft without causing any environmental impacts to this incredibly sensitive and valuable area.   

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