QuayQuip fenders and storm bollards for the Port of Tauranga, New Zealand
Late in 2012, the Port of Tauranga in New Zealand took delivery of QuayQuip fender and mooring systems for the second Sulphur Point Wharf extension.
Sheltered by Matakana Island and Mount Maunganui, the Port of Tauranga is the only all-weather natural harbour between Auckland and Wellington. It handles more tonnage than any other port in New Zealand and is part of a developing regional port network. The Sulphur Wharf extension will allow the container port to receive Post-Panamax vessels up to 105,000 DWT.
QuayQuip designed three kinds of fender system for the project. Thirty sets of twin QCN 700 Cone Fender systems had to be closely aligned to the jetty’s existing cantilever piling. The panels were 1.1m wide by 4.1m high.
The end of the jetty would be protected from midships impacts by a QME Element Fender system, positioned to continue the berthing line beyond the cone fender systems. On a dolphin at the end of the jetty, two QCN 350 Cone Fender systems created a small craft berth.
QuayQuip supplied sixteen 150 tonne (1500kN) T-Head bollards. Eight pieces of a new flush-mounted storm bollard design were fitted further back on the jetty, also rated to 150 tonnes each. Storm lines are dropped directly into these bollards, which have no projecting parts. The reduction in obstructions along the berth during poor weather will enhance shore crew safety. A three-line quick release mooring hook was also supplied.
For more information about the fender systems supplied, as well as the T-head and storm bollards, please contact your local QuayQuip office.