Port of Tyne Riverside Quay developments

Mon, 02 February 2015

The UK's Port of Tyne is stepping up the pace in the race to provide clean, green renewable fuels for the future with investment plans priced at £180 million for its south bank estate in South Tyneside. This follows several years of record growth in which the Port has focussed its business strategy for further growth on renewable energy.

The proposals are to develop the infrastructure and new facilities for the handling, storage and transportation of imports of wood pellets which is an important source of fuel for power stations. To achieve this, the plan is to extend the main Riverside Quay at Tyne Dock. The Port is already the largest handler of wood pellets in Europe and the development plans will enhance and expand its existing wood pellet storage facilities and associated quay and rail infrastructure.

The developments represent the biggest investment ever made by the Port and follow other, recent major investments, including the strategic land acquisitions of the former McNulty site in South Tyneside and Morston Quays in North Tyneside which together increased the Port's land holdings by almost 10%, to 624 acres.

The main contractor for the development work at Riverside Quay is Tynside based Southbay Civil Engineering Ltd who has just started the construction work. Their share of the £25 million contract is priced at £18.6 million and involves the construction of a 125 metre long quay extension, the upgrade of 118 metres of quay and 90 metres of quay wall renewal.

"This is the biggest single investment that we have made since we built Europe's first purpose built wood pellet facility back in 2010 and it will significantly increase the port's capacity to handle increased volumes of cargoes", said Andrew Moffat, the Chief Executive Officer of the Port of Tyne. "Extending the quay will increase the berthing capacity by almost 20% enabling four large cargo ships to berth simultaneously".

Southbay already has experience of working at Riverside Quay having recently completed Phase 3 of the project for the Port of Tyne. Phase 4, which is the new project, is larger, involving the construction of a 200 by 65 metre deck area over the water and the removal of linkspans and other items. Much of the design work on this project has been done by Fairhurst who were involved in developing innovative solutions. The load capacity of the new quay will be 10 tonnes per sq.m with, in addition, a heavy lift area capable of supporting 50 tonnes per sq.m. The new berth will accommodate Panamax size vessels and alongside the quay there will be a water depth of 14.1 metres.

Further plans under consideration for the future on the now enlarged Tyne Dock Estate include facilities for offshore engineering and development of key buildings such as an office headquarters building and environmental improvements to provide a natural buffer between industry and the developing town centre.

Source:  Dag Pike,-harbour-and-marine-construction/port-of-tyne-riverside-quay-developments

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