• 2017 August 29 07:00

    Three Damen Stan Pontoons to support construction of London’s ‘super sewer’

    The Ferrovial Agroman Laing O'Rourke joint venture (FLO) has taken delivery of two DAMEN Stan Pontoons. FLO will deploy the vessels – a SPo 7120 and a SPo 4113 – for marine infrastructure construction duties on the Thames Tideway Tunnel project in London. The joint venture company has also chartered a smaller SPo 3011 for a period of one year, the company said in its press release.

    Considered to be one of the most important civil engineering projects currently under construction. The Thames Tideway Tunnel represents the modernisation of London’s subterranean sewage system. Totalling more than 25 km in length, the tunnel will carry London’s sewage to treatment works east of the city.

    The FLO joint venture will construct the central section of the tunnel, which, measuring almost 13 km, is the longest section of the whole project.

    In preparation for the principal tunnelling operations, FLO will construct a number of cofferdams in Chelsea, Victoria, Blackfriars and Albert Embankment. Further works are located in Kirtling Street, Heathwall, Cremorne, Tilbury, Cliffe and Northfleet.

    “We are building ten marine sites for this project, and in order to facilitate the delivery of these sites, we will need a combination of crane barges and flat top transport and supply barges,” says Mike Toulson, Senior Project Manager for the FLO joint venture.

    The versatility of Damen’s Stan Pontoon design means the two purchased vessels will be able to perform both aspects of this work. “We will initially use these two barges as crane barges for the delivery of facilities at East Tilbury, Victoria, and Blackfriars.” To this end, FLO is currently installing a 600-tonne crane onto the deck of the Stan Pontoon 7120, and a 250-tonne crane onto the Stan Pontoon 4113, ready for mobilisation in August.

    “Then we will convert them back to flat top transport barges for the delivery of the additional river sites. They will be used to transport the sheet piles, tubular piles, tie bars and other structural steelwork used in the construction of cofferdams and jetties.”
    Long-term programme

    As the Thames Tideway Tunnel progresses, the true scale of the works will come to light. An estimated 1.6 million tonnes of tunnel spoil will be exported from the Kirtling Street site alone.

    As the project nears completion (expected in 2024), FLO will be required to remove all the temporary marine infrastructure. At this time, the joint venture will convert the pontoons back into crane barges once again.

    “These vessels were the right size and the right fit for this project – fulfilling our long-term requirements. And the fast delivery was perfect for us and our programme requirements,” Mr Toulson adds.

    Shortly after delivery in June 2017, the two Stan Pontoons were named and registered under the UK Flag. The 71-metre Pontoon was named TTT 7120, and the 41-metre Pontoon was named TTT 4113.

    Reflecting the financial intricacies of vessel acquisition for project-based contracts, FLO has chartered a third vessel – a Stan Pontoon 3011 – from DAMEN for a 12-month duration. During this time, this vessel will undertake crane barge activities at the Victoria site.

    “For both the sold and chartered vessels, we are proud that these DAMEN pontoons will be contributing to the success of this major urban infrastructure project,” states DAMEN Sales Manager UK & Ireland Arjen van Elk.

    “The adaptability of our Stan Pontoon makes it an ideal platform for FLO's changing requirements over this long-term project. And, of course, having the vessels on stock, ready for delivery, means that operations can start as quickly as possible.”

    For the sale of these two Stan Pontoons, the business contact between DAMEN and FLO was facilitated by London-based shipbrokers DSB Offshore. “The team at DSB mediated a large part of this deal – including a visit to view the vessels in the Netherlands,” Mr Van Elk notes. “We would like to thank them for their cooperative involvement.”




2018 February 18

09:24 Hapag-Lloyd increases rates from Finland, Russia, Baltic States, Sweden, UK to East Asia (incl. Japan)
09:21 Preparing to define the Baltic Sea’s significant marine areas
09:19 Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurates the Fourth Container Terminal of JNPT in Mumbai
09:14 Holland America Line to launch New EXC In-Depth Voyages

2018 February 16

18:06 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from the Indian Subcontinent to North Europe and the Mediterranean
17:54 Future Outlook Forum will take place on 20 March as part of Intermodal Asia 2018
17:36 Global Container Terminals orders 10 more Konecranes RTGs for its terminals in British Columbia
17:09 University of Kent partnership helps the Port of Dover cut queues and boost efficiency
17:06 Port of Oakland reports 2.1 percent increase in export volume in January 2017
16:58 Container throughput of port Hong Kong (China) up 9.2% to 1.81 million TEUs in January 2018
16:35 Royal Vopak expands Vopak tank terminal (JTT) in the Port of Jakarta - Indonesia
16:05 DP World signs agreement with government of Jammu and Kashmir at World Government Summit
15:53 Murmansk Sea Fishing Port handled 11,600 t of fish in January 2018, up 26.1% Y-o-Y (photo)
15:26 Cargo traffic through NSR in 2017 grew by 36% Y-o-Y to 9.9 mln t
15:25 PPR 5 agrees on the outline of IMO draft guidelines for implementation of the 2020 sulphur limit
15:01 NOVATEK to invest USD 1.5 billion in construction of LNG terminal at Kamchatka
14:37 Rosmorport announces tender for maintenance dredging at Volga-Caspian Canal
14:14 22 icebreaker escort operations performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on February 15-16
13:49 TransContainer’s net income in 2017 more than doubled Y-o-Y to RUB 5.42 million
13:25 Nuclear power plant of Vaygach icebreaker breaks Arktika’s record
12:30 Rosmorport appoints Irina Egorova as Chief Accountant of its Vanino Branch (photo)
11:56 BSM and Babcock International Group collaborate on innovative LNG Supply Vessel
11:23 EBRD supports efficient grain logistics in Ukraine
11:00 WFS, Marinvest, IINO, Mitsui, NYK to build four new ocean-going vessels capable of running on methanol
10:28 Research vessel Admiral Vladimirsky leaves Mumbai port, India
10:00 Port of Rotterdam container throughput up 12.3% in 2017
10:00 Brent Crude futures price up 0.51% to $64.66, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.54% to $61.67
09:39 New DNV GL class notations aim to improve stern tube bearing performance
09:34 Bunker prices continue going down at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:15 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,089 points

2018 February 15

18:27 Largest vessel to call at The Port of Philadelphia arrives from the West Coast of South America
18:06 Ampelmann gangway system installed succesfully on the Wagenborg Offshore's Walk to Work vessel
17:06 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from North Europe to China & Far East
16:57 Bunker market in anticipation of upward correction
16:38 Container throughput drives growth in Rotterdam
16:05 Caterpillar Marine announces upgrades to reman models in commercial and yachting applications
15:57 Kont to build 4 cruise terminals in the Leningrad Region
15:24 Number of maritime accidents in North Sea Canal Area down in 2017
15:04 LUKOIL's hydrocarbon production in 2017 up 2.4% Y-o-Y to 2.23 million boe per day
14:39 Peresvet and Oslyabya, ships of RF Navy’s Pacific Fleet, sail in training zone in Sea of Japan
14:16 UN Environment visits IMO
13:43 Jan De Nul to install wind turbine generators in Germany
13:12 Seaborne cargo throughput in Hamburg was stable Y-o-Y at 136.5 million tons
12:25 Railway infrastructure management issues of importance to Lithuania discussed with EU Transport Commissioner
12:01 ClassNK releases new PrimeShip-HULL (HCSR) software
11:44 Repair of tanker "President Heydar Aliyev" of Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company completed
11:17 Fuel oil prices are going down at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
11:17 RIKON AS plans to launch manufacturing of mobile cranes in the Port of Riga
10:53 18 icebreaker escort operations performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on February 14-15
10:26 Posidonia 2018 to host international unveil of industry titans JV – International Maritime Industries
10:02 Brent Crude futures price up 0.81% to $64.88, Light Sweet Crude – up 1.14% to $61.28
09:40 Sailors of RF Navy’s Caspian Flotilla start training for Sea Cup 2018
09:18 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,095 points

2018 February 14

18:14 Tilbury2 examination process begins
17:51 PortXL selected port related start-ups and scale-ups for 2018
17:25 The Finnish Supreme Court did not grant the leave to appeal on the fairway dues dispute between Finnlines and the Finnish State
17:03 Documentation for maintenance dredging at Kavkaz and Taman ports obtains state environmental approval (photo)
16:44 PTP enforced FAS decision on the appeal of Baltic Sea Tug Agency
16:25 CMA CGM announces PSS from North Europe to Canada East Coast
15:52 Rosmorport target classroom opens at Admiral Makarov State University of Maritime and Inland Shipping