Wapping Police Pontoon 2020

Case Study Overview

Under Coniston’s framework agreement with the Metropolitan Police, Red7Marine was contracted to undertake extensive repair works at Wapping Boat Yard.

These works included:

  • The installation of two mooring piles to the police mooring pontoon
  • Structural Repairs to the boatlift platform following impact from a river cruise boat
  • The installation of new timber fendering and refurbishment of boatlift

At a glance

  • Location: Metropolitan Police Marine Unit, Wapping, London
  • Plant used: Haven Seaseven 400T jack-up barge / Haven Seaforth flat top barge
  • What we did: Red7Marine carried out essential repairs to the Wapping Police Pontoon.
  • Contract value: £1,800,000

The Challenge

In January 2020 a London Party boat collided with the Metropolitan Police Marine Policing Unit dock, damaging the pontoon and the Syncrolift which is used to lift vessels in and out of the water for maintenance.

The pontoon is used 24/7 to respond to terror threats and other maritime emergencies along 56 miles of the Thames – making the repair works critical.

Red7Marine has been responsible for delivering the important remedial works which have been carried out under two named storms: Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis and throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The programme has been carried out safely and in line with advice from the government and WHO along with our own safety measures and risk assessments.

Wapping Challenge

The Solution

The pontoon suffered damage to the concrete pillars of its hoist and the collision meant the lift was no longer safe to use. The Syncrolift was damaged so badly that its ability to provide the best policing had been significantly reduced and the unit could no longer lift boats in and out of the river from the yard to the water and vice versa.

Red7Marine was contracted to provide specialist marine expertise and support to the project which has involved:

Boat Lift Repairs

  • Removing the existing platform to fit in with operational requirements and disposing of concrete posts and timbers
  • Soffit access and shutters installed along with 2 new 970mm x 28.6mm thk x 20m piles and deck reinforcement
  • Overseeing diving works to remove subsea frames from piles and to remove lower timber fenders
  • Repaired and recommissioned winches and reinstated boat lift deck and frame which has been successfully load tested


  • Installing new dolphins 2no 1.2m diameter piles x 25m long which were trimmed to level. Piles were installed using a vibration hammer.
  • Connecting new dolphins to the existing pontoon
  • Our in-house engineering department completed pre-planning, construction sequencing and logistical assessments for all project operations within the challenging marine environment. The team then further analysed and designed all project temporary works including piling gates, access / egress gangways, marine heavy lift plans and stability / structural checks for all jack-up barge operations.
  • All marine operations were thoroughly planned to mitigate risk, planning around tides and weather windows.

Wapping Solution

Wapping Solution

Complete Package Delivery

Red7Marine provided equipment, crew and engineering support to the project to ensure our clients’ successful delivery.

Solutions Provider

Red7Marine provided specialist barge and marine experience to the project.

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Red7Marine’s operations and engineering teams are all highly skilled and experienced in the marine environment providing partners with an industry-leading service.




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