Harwich Port Fender Replacement

Case Study Overview

Red7Marine were approached to provide a cranage solution for the removal and replacement of a fender located in the ferry berth at Harwich International Port. This project utilised the Haven Seaforth and Kobelco crawler crane.

At a glance

  • Date: March 2011
  • Programme Duration: 1 week
  • Project Number: 2350
  • Value: £41,000
  • Client: Harwich International Port
  • Principal Contractor: Harwich International Port

The Challenge

The first objective was to safely remove the original fender from the berth and secure on the deck of the crane barge. Red7Marine’s responsibility during this initial stage was to ensure the safe rigging of the fender and gain communication links with quayside personnel involved in releasing the fender. Once on the deck of the barge and the new 42Tonne fender was lifted from the deck of the crane barge and held in position while it was welded onto the quayside.

Constant monitoring of the tide was kept to ensure the fender was not put under any strain by the crane during the installation and removal of the fenders.

The berth remained operational to international ferries during the project, putting constraints on the period of time the crane barge could spend in location. Therefore the Haven Supporter was utilised as a supporting tug for the crane barge throughout the duration of the project.

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“I wanted to share the excellent feedback on the piling works for Barrier Gardens Pier. A success all round project in terms of task at hand, depth, timing, budget, comms and health and safety.  We’d be happy to work with the Red7Marine team again and I shall be in touch as soon as something comes up. Please pass on our thanks to the team for making the project a success.”

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