• 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 June 22

18:24 Shareholders of Volga Shipping Company approve reorganization
18:05 Port of Los Angeles gives $1 million in grants to 30 local organizations
17:50 Denis Khramov appointed as Deputy Minister of Natural Resources
17:29 RF Government approves resignation of Victor Olersky
17:06 TTS Group ASA secures new contracts for RoRo equipment to China
16:05 CMA CGM announces GRR from India to East Africa
15:51 LUKOIL-Bulgaria Bunker starts operating the Bellona tanker at the port of Constanta, Romania
15:34 Port of Rotterdam Authority, DSM, AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals, FrieslandCampina, Suikerunie, Gasunie, Groen Gas Nederland, ECN, Energy Academy Europe make recommendations for the smarter use of biomass
14:50 Construction works commence in Tallinn Old City Harbour's Terminal D where Tallink ferries are served
14:27 IMO rolls out ferry safety video
14:03 India to make Chabahar Port in Iran operational by 2019
13:38 First shipbroking companies to join SEA\LNG coalition
13:00 Vympel Shipyard delivers 50th fast patrol boat of Project 12150 Mangust to Russian FSB Border Service
12:36 LUKOIL will pay dividends for 2017 in the amount of RUB 130 per ordinary share
12:12 REMPEC hosts regional workshop on response to HNS spills in Valletta, Malta
11:49 IMO regional workshop to address the impacts of fouling
11:25 Ukraine’s water transport carried 0.1 million passengers in 5M’18, up 17.3%, Y-o-Y
11:03 Ulstein announces naming of the Acta Auriga
10:28 “M/V “VASILIY TATISCHEV ” with IMO number 8885157 refused access to the Paris MoU region for the second time
10:21 Brent Crude futures price up 1.15% to $73.79, Light Sweet Crude – up 1.25% to $66.36
10:00 Cargo transportation by Ukraine’s water transport fell by 10.5% to 1.5 million tonnes in 5M’18
09:38 Yevgeny Pankratov appointed as Director of FSUE Rosmorport’s Sakhalin Branch
09:19 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,347 points

2018 June 21

18:27 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Philadelphia with Koch
18:00 CMA CGM announces new rotation on ASAF service
17:56 Russia is in need of small bunkering tankers, LNG bunker supply ships and bunker barges - Damen
17:31 Gate terminal (Gasunie/Vopak) to increase ship loading flow rate
16:58 Antwerp blockchain pilot pioneers with secure and efficient document workflow
16:24 Freeport of Riga Authority joins Cruise Lines International Association
16:02 Danaos Corporation announces comprehensive debt refinancing agreement
15:50 MABUX: All eyes are on what course of action OPEC will call for
15:40 12 LNG bunker supply ships to be put into operation in Singapore by 2025
15:02 Ship garbage recycling pilot wraps up at Port of Brisbane
14:39 Vyborg Shipyard launches port icebreaker Ob built for FSUE Atomflot
14:02 APM Terminals supports World Clean Air Day with App upgrade
13:41 Igor Zolotykh appointed as Harbour Master of port Ust-Luga
13:23 Victor Olersky appoints Igor Ishchenko as Harbour Master of port Primorsk
13:02 EU member states’ experts on ship recycling meet in Brussels
12:39 XI Russian Forum “Current State and Prospects for Development of Russian Bunker Services Market” opens in Saint-Petersburg
12:16 ABS issues industry-leading Guide advancing DC power for hybrid electric applications
12:00 Largest gantry crane in the Nordic countries delivered to Meyer Turku
11:57 HVCC Hamburg Vessel Coordination Center and the Rotterdam Port Authority launch unique cooperation
10:55 CMA CGM to acquire CONTAINERSHIPS, a leader in intra-regional transportation in Northern Europe
10:53 Protecting marine life from ship noise is in the focus of meeting on oceans and the law of the sea
10:28 Brent Crude futures price up 0.41% to $75.41, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.59% to $65.3
10:02 Maritime officials in Morocco undergo training at IMO workshop in Casablanca
09:41 Closer look at the interpretation of maritime law
09:19 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,373 points

2018 June 20

18:00 Lead landing ship of Project 11711, Ivan Gren, joins the fleet of RF Navy
17:33 Rosatomflot extends its winter-spring navigation period amid challenging ice conditions
17:05 Genco Shipping & Trading Limited completes common stock offering
16:05 Seatruck Ferries to use larger vessels for Warrenpoint service
15:51 Maritime leaders endorse green initiatives for shipping
15:30 Mitsui to make entry into subsea support vessel business through acquisition of shares in AKOFS Offshore
15:04 Eighty-two Crowley vessels honored with Jones F. Devlin Awards in recognition of 613 combined years of safe operations
14:59 GasLog Partners LP announces new charter agreement with Cheniere Energy
14:24 Small icebreakers of Project 22740 can be converted to run on LNG
14:05 Cheniere Energy and Cheniere Energy Partners announce definitive merger agreement
13:13 ABB brings efficiency and sustainability through system integration to two new Indian ferries
12:39 Dredging works commenced at the port of Ust-Luga