Poole Harbour Commissioners (PHC) has appointed civil engineering company BAM Nuttall as the main contractor for a 10 million UK pound project to provide the commercial port of Poole with a new 200m long deep water quay. The new quay is scheduled to be ready by January 2018.

Reuse of dredging material
Approximately 1,800 tons of steel piles will be needed to construct the new quay, 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.

dws-bam-nuttall-poole-harbour-armstrong-davis-hayman-stewart-350pxLeft to right: Phil Armstrong (Poole Harbour) Tony Davis, (BAM Nuttall), Richard Hayman (BAM Nuttall) and Jim Stewart (Poole Harbour).

Expanding cruise market
“This is an important step forward in the expansion of the port,” said Jim Stewart, PHC’s Chief Executive. “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 percent increase in tonnage in cargo across the quays.

“It will also allow us to take advantage of the rapidly expanding cruise market. At present we can only take smaller cruise ships but, with these new facilities, we will be able to accept visiting cruise ships accommodating over 1000 passengers”, he added.

Richard Hayman, Contracts Manager at BAM Nuttall 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.”

This news item was originally published on the website site of BAM Nuttall.

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