QuayQuip has just won another major order for an iron ore transhipment berth, following the recent success with Moma Sands. The London Mining plc’s Marampa Iron Ore Mine will be served by a barge loading facility at Thofayem, 50km upstream of from the Sierra Leone capital Freeport, on the southern bank of the Port Loko River. The installation will be QuayQuip’s largest true ‘Flat Pack Port’ to date.
London Mining plc was founded in 2005 to supply ore to the global steel industry. Headquartered in the UK, it currently operates in Africa, the Americas, the Arabian peninsula and China. Marampa was acquired in 2006. The mine first operated between 1933 and 1975; approval was recently granted to London Mining to restart production. The facility is eventually expected to handle between five and eight million tonnes of ore per year.
In mid-October 2010, QuayQuip tendered for the manufacture and supply of the entire berth. The winning design’s main structure is a series of 22 floating, interlocking platform sections, each 12m long and 3.5m wide: a total length of 260m, 45 guide piles and a 30m gangway, all supplied by QuayQuip.