Tuesday, March 7, 2017

New Deep Water Quay for Poole Harbour Will Accommodate Bulk and Container Freight

Planned to Increase Tonnage Handled by Half
Shipping News Feature
UK – Work has started on the first phase of Poole Harbour Commissioner's (PHC) masterplan which will provide the commercial port with a new 200 metre long deep water quay for bulk and container freight. The £10 million project, which is due for completion by the end of 2017, will ensure that the Port remains competitive with facilities that can accommodate a much wider range of shipping and marine activities. Jim Stewart, PHC's Chief Executive, said:

“This is an important step forward in the expansion of the Port. It means we will be able to accommodate vessels up to 220 metres long in a variety of different sectors including yacht transportation, bulk cargo, short sea containers and project cargo. As a result, we expect to see up to a 50% increase in tonnage in cargo across the quays.”

PHC has appointed BAM Nuttall Ltd as the main contractor for the work. The new quay will need approximately 1,800 tons of steel piles, all of which will be delivered by sea. In addition, the majority of the material reclamation fill is to be taken directly from the port’s maintenance dredging scheme. This approach removes the need for road deliveries and uses a ‘waste’ product in the new construction. And, in order to ensure that local companies benefit from this project, all marine plant has been sourced from suppliers in Poole and Southampton. Richard Hayman, Contracts Manager at BAM Nuttall Ltd. commented:

“We are delighted to have secured this prestigious contract and to have the opportunity to continue our long and successful history of working in the port. We are looking forward to working in collaboration with PHC and the local community to safely deliver Poole Harbour’s new South Quay.”

Poole of course is nothing if not a diverse place for all marine activities, last month Poole Quay Boat Haven picked up one of the marine industry’s most prestigious awards for the second year running, beating off competition from 40 marinas around the UK to be named as UK Coastal Marina of the Year 2017 (under 250 berths) by The Yacht Harbour Association (TYHA).

Poole Quay Boat Haven and Port of Poole Marina are run by Poole Harbour Commissioners (PHC) and they both hold TYHA’s coveted five Gold Anchor Award, which is a measure of marina quality and customer service. To achieve this recognition, the Boat Haven had to pass a series of rigorous tests including a marina audit, mystery shops and berth holders questionnaires.

Photo: (left to right) shows Phil Armstrong, Engineering Project Manager, PHC; Tony Davis, Agent, BAM Nuttall Ltd.; Richard Hayman, Contracts Manager, BAM Nuttall Ltd.; and Jim Stewart, Chief Executive, PHC as work commences on the new deep water quay.