• 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 September 26

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17:55 Yury Kostin to head RF Transport Ministry’s Department of State Policy for Maritime and River Transport
17:36 MOL conducts onboard test of new technology with Rolls Royce
17:06 TenneT contracts DNV GL to certify offshore power substations for Hollandse Kust Zuid wind park
16:42 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to Pakistan / India / Sri Lanka
16:30 ZIM to introduce improvements of its cross-Atlantic services
16:29 Knud E. Hansen creates entirely new design for the ocean factory trawler
16:07 Maersk implements new guidelines on dangerous goods stowage
16:02 ONE, Hapag Lloyd, Yang Ming, CMA CGM, COSCO, OOCL to increase service quality with enhanced Mediterranean - U.S. East Coast service
16:01 RS specifies requirements for fishing vessels
15:38 Russian Maritime Register of Shipping improves rules for fishing vessels
15:03 Pasha Hawaii celebrates steel cutting for M/V George III at Keppel AmFELS
14:40 Ground-breaking ceremony held for Wärtsilä built Hamina LNG terminal
14:04 RB-2186 tugboat of Project 16609 built by Pella Shipyard delivered to the customer in the Far East
13:09 CMA CGM announces Rate Restoration Program for services from Asia to the Middle East Gulf
12:32 NIBULON put into operation its first multipurpose T3500 Project tug
12:09 Austal cuts metal on 117m trimaran for Fred. Olsen
11:45 LNG shipped from Yamal LNG project tops five million tons
11:09 International Seaways announces contract to install scrubbers
10:47 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,450 points
10:30 Brent Crude futures price down 0.12% to $81.16, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.19% to $72.14
10:08 IMO will not delay sulphur 2020 limit
09:51 Port of Riga positioned as an attractive destination for world's major cruise companies
09:39 Arctic Environment Ministers' meeting: Exploring common solutions for the Arctic environment
09:20 Bunker prices continue surging at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:08 Hansa Heavy Lift moves fully assembled Liebherr cranes from Ireland to the UK
08:07 Jumbo awarded transportation & installation contract in Sergipe, Brazil
07:34 Total increases its share in the Danish Underground Consortium

2018 September 25

18:37 Colombo Dockyard achieves recognition at the Presidential Export Award
18:10 Tersan Shipyard (Turkey) lays down lead crab catching and processing ship of Project ST184 for Arktikservis
17:56 CMA CGM announces GRR from Asia to South Africa
17:36 The Ocean Cleanup chooses Iridium as provider of satellite communications services
17:20 First RITM-200 reactor intended for nuclear-powered icebreaker Ural left for Baltiysky Zavod shipyard
17:06 ABP opens up Humber International Enterprise Park development plans to public
16:57 Shippers suspect sulphur stitch-up
16:29 Kotug Smit Towage performs naming ceremony for tug Southampton
16:20 Portugal joins WISTA International
15:38 Volga Shipping Company named the best in terms of transport security
15:12 Mr. Birkir Hólm Guðnason hired as CEO of Samskip Iceland
14:11 CMA CGM to review sales policy regarding Low Sulphur IMO 2020 Regulation
13:49 NIBULON successfully completed its passenger transportation season
13:11 North Carolina Ports’ terminals resume full commercial operations following hurricane Florence
12:50 Fuel oil prices are going up in the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
12:31 Havila Kystruten selects Havyard to deliver the ship design and extensive equipment package for four new vessels
12:14 European ports welcome Parliament’s explicit support to remove the tax barriers for shore-side electricity for ships
12:01 Long Beach Commission OKs budget for expanded rail yard
11:43 DHT Holdings announces $50 mln scrubber financing
11:32 Nevsky Shipyard takes part in «Marintec Offshore Russia» exhibition
11:00 GTT receives a new order from Samsung Heavy Industries for the tank design of two new LNG carriers
10:55 NYK announces delivery of new wood-chip carrier for Hokuetsu Corporation
10:24 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,434 points
10:01 Brent Crude futures price up 0.2% to $80.69, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.12% to $72.17
09:38 Yaroslavsky Shipyard lays down oil recovery vessel of Project Р2114 for Transneft
09:15 Audit summary report to be considered by Sub-Committee on Implementation of IMO Instruments

2018 September 24

18:36 DNV GL unveils the complexity of ocean governance in report for the UN Global Compact
18:03 Klaveness Combination Carriers AS announces completion of USD 45.0 million private placement
17:52 Port of Southampton recognised in top 20 under 40 cruise award
17:36 CMA CGM announces GRR from India West Coast to Mozambique
17:03 Metropolitan Plan for Great Newcastle endorses Port of Newcastle vision
16:50 Ust-Luga Container Terminal handles cargo for Nord Stream 2