Hands to the pumps
Fri, 22 August 2014
Neway Pumps (UK) is growing a reputation for its pumping solutions, and particularly in dealing with over- pumping situations within the marine sector. The company had a chance to prove this recently when it was faced with the challenge of pumping 5.5 cubic metres per second capacity out of the QE2 Dock at Eastham on the Manchester Ship Canal.
The QE2 Dock was built to provide berthing facilities for large tankers in the 1950s and the lock chamber measures 246 x 30 metres with a depth of 12 metres with two steel gates located at either end of the lock. This was the first time that the lock had been completely drained in nearly 64 years, the operation being required to enable Bam Nuttall to replace the lock gate and rail.
From the very start of the project Neway had to take into account and calculate for leakage through the flitches and sluice valves which was an unknown quantity and difficult to assess.
The company provided the correct solution and coped with last minute changes to the scope of works which was absolutely pivotal to the success of the contract. As a result of this Bam Nuttall was able to finish the project on time and on budget.
Neway was acquired by Cammell Laird Shipbuilders in February 2008 and the company has benefited from significant investment since.
By Jake Frith