Aberdeen Harbour completes quay renewalNews // May 20, 2011
Aberdeen Harbour Board has announced the completion of a £4 million refurbishment project at Commercial Quay East while welcoming the arrival of a new £1 million workboat.
The reconstruction work at Commercial Quay East began in January 2010, with main contractor, McLaughlin and Harvey Ltd working alongside Glasgow-based consultant engineering firm Jacobs’, to undertake a varied programme of works.
The project, part of Aberdeen Harbour Board’s £65 million development plan, included refurbishing the quay’s existing, 170m long wall, before installing replacement shipping water points, rainwater drainage system and ducts for possible future services.
The quay is now fit for purpose for the demands of today’s cargo handling equipment and cargoes. It has since been deepened to 7.5m. This will allow the port a greater degree of flexibility and enable the harbour to support larger projects including land based and offshore renewable energy.
Aberdeen’s Harbour’s continued investment was also demonstrated with the recent arrival of a new, 14m workboat, Sea Herald.
Designed by Macduff Ship Design and built by Macduff Shipyards, it is equipped with a range of features, including a multi-beam hydrographic survey suite, deck crane, twin 350hp engines giving a speed of 9.6 knots and bollard pull of 9.5 tonnes, which will enable it to undertake a variety of tasks; from debris removal and bed levelling work to hydrographic surveys and occasional pilot duties.