QuayQuip in Scotland: a port on every coast

QuayQuip projects in Scotland 2012 to 2013

Last year QuayQuip launched a campaign to lead the Scottish fendering market. New orders show that the strategy is well on its way to success.

Following a string of orders for Scottish ports in 2011 and 2012, QuayQuip has recently won six more, on every Scottish coastline from the very south of the country to its northernmost islands. All are due for delivery in 2013 and the total value is roughly €2 million.

Cairnryan Ferry Terminal, Dumfries and Galloway

Cairnryan has provided an important link between southwest Scotland and Northern Ireland for the last 40 years. P&O sail regularly from the port to Larne, 20 miles north of Belfast.

The terminal’s existing linkspan structure was nearing the end of its service life by 2012, at which time it was decided to install a new linkspan and re-align the berth. Works have been carefully planned to keep port downtime to a minimum as the new structure is installed and made ready.

Five dolphins will be protected by twin QCN 1400 cone PMF fender systems with panels 8.4m tall. QuayQuip will also manufacture and deliver all dolphin jackets, platforms, bollards, and walkways integrated with the linkspan struts.

Ferries will tie up at QuayQuip’s popular T-head bollards: four sets rated to 600kN, four to 800kN and another eight to 1000kN.

QuayQuip laid the ground for the design work with a structural analysis, paying special care to the local conditions and visiting vessels. As a result the contractors could design a very lean yet robust berth.

QuayQuip assisted contractors McLoughlin and Harvey and consultants Royal HaskoningDHV from bid preparation right through to the final design, and will continue to offer support during installation and beyond. The Cairnryan project marks the latest successful collaboration between the firms, who will also supply the ports of Fraserburgh and Sconser during 2013.

QuayQuip visualisation of Copland's Dock fendering

QuayQuip visualisation of the fender and ladder designs for Copland’s Dock

Copland’s Dock, Orkney Islands

Copland’s Dock is a newly built renewables berth at Stromness in the Orkney Islands. Part of the Orkney Islands Council’s Three Ports Strategy, Copland is expected to play a major part in the regional renewables industry.

Sixteen fender systems will be installed on the pier’s western face, each with double QCN 900 Cone Fenders and panels 1.5m wide by 6m high. Seven of these systems will feature integrated ladders and access platforms.

The eastern side will be equipped with fourteen systems, each with double QCN 700 Cone Fenders and panels 1m wide by 6m high. Six of these systems will include ladders and access platforms.

The jetty’s integrated wave screens made it hard to attach fixed ladders on the quay face. Instead ladders will be integrated into every second fender system, close enough to vessels to permit an easy route for crew to reach the jetty. The access platforms are designed to slide safely as the fender systems are move during berthing.

Mooring points will be provided by QuayQuip T-horn bollards: nineteen rated to 300kN, five to 500kN and two to 1000kN.

The project specification originally called for V-fenders. After an in-depth analysis of vessels due to berth at Copland’s Dock, QuayQuip offered BAM Construction Ltd and consultants Royal HaskoningDHV an improved design using QCN Cone Fender systems, with reaction forces lowered by 60% at each fender location.

Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire

Some 60km (37 miles) north of Aberdeen, Fraserburgh’s busy fishing harbour is being deepened and its sea access enhanced. The improved harbour will be fitted with 31 sets of QPA 300 × 5700mm fenders, and ten 150kN T-Head bollards.

Forth Replacement Crossing

When the 1960s Forth Road Bridge was found to have structural issues, plans for a replacement crossing were brought forward. Preliminary work on the new Forth Replacement Crossing is now under way. The crossing will improve on its predecessor through features such as intelligent traffic control systems, wind shielding and new, purpose-built road connections.

The bridge is being built by FCBC (Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors), a consortium of Hochtief, Dragados, American Bridge International and Morrison.

QuayQuip fenders will protect a temporary Materials Offloading Facility while the bridge is built. Five sets of twin QCN 500 Cone Fender systems, with panels 1m wide by 6.4m high, will be installed soon.

Sconser, Skye

The town of Sconser lies on the south shore of Loch Sligachan on the Isle of Skye. Its Ferry Terminal is home to the popular Skye to Raasay service, operated by Caledonian MacBrayne for the Highland Council. Working with contractors McLoughlin and Harvey, QuayQuip will provide ten sets of QCL 630 Cell Fenders with 0.9m by 2.5m high panels. Work on the upgraded terminal should be complete by the summer of 2013.

…and more to come

QuayQuip look forward to announcing further projects in Scotland very soon. Please visit this blog again for updates.

For more information on any of these projects, or to find out how QuayQuip can help with your Scottish project, please contact our UK and Ireland regional manager, Andy Patrick on +44 (0)1666 824419 or by clicking here.