What is proposed?
A deep-water wharf at Smith Bay, suitable for international timber, passenger and general cargo ships. There is no such facility on KI at present. A causeway will extend into the sea to a floating pontoon berth. The outer edge of the pontoon will be in water 10m deep. The berthing pocket will be dredged to 13m. The berth approaches will be levelled so that ships can approach and leave the wharf safely.
To give a sense of scale, the Smith Bay wharf will be about two-thirds the length of the Kingscote Jetty. Logs and woodchips will be stockpiled on shore. There will also be room for containerized cargo, such as grain or fertiliser (some of which may be able to be carried as deck cargo on ships taking timber to Japan and China), and provision for tourist coaches to convey cruise ship passengers.
Benefits for Kangaroo Island
Once established, the wharf will handle about 12 shipments of plantation timber a year, and will be used for about 60 days each year for timber exports. Consistent with South Australian Government requirements, the wharf will be a genuine multi-user, multi-cargo facility. Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers Pty Ltd (KIPT) will pay to build the wharf but it will be able to be used by a variety of industries.
Frequently asked questions
The Kangaroo Island community has many questions about KIPT and its plans. We have developed the following FAQ in response to some of those questions.