Steve Garrigan of VolkerStevin, part of the Dutch Volker Wessels group, explained to MJ that the UK’s Port of Southampton is responding to the challenges of bigger ships, but this has meant dealing with everything from oversize piling to migrating salmon.
Following the successful use of Swansea Dry Docks for the refit and refurbishment of Saga Pearl II, now successfully cruising, and work on MV Julia, which is now plying the Fastnet Ferry Cork-Swansea overnight route, and emergency repair work on the 65m hopper dredger Heron, Harris Pye Group (HPG) has signed a longer lease on Swansea’s Duke of Edinburgh and Prince of Wales dry docks, a move that is attracting interest from a number of shipping lines.
UK Dredging (UKD), a division of Associated British Ports, recently signed a three year maintenance dredging contract with the Port of Waterford in Ireland to maintain its harbour's waterways.
UK Dredging (UKD), Associated British Ports' (ABP) dredging arm, 'moved from strength to strength' in the first half of 2006, said the company in a statement issued in September, with its fleet employed in both ABP and third-party dredging works.
The Port of Bristol has awarded UK Dredging (UKD) a term contract to carry out the maintenance dredging of its dock entrances at Portbury and Avonmouth over the next three years.
When UKD Sealion was delivered to UK Dredging Ltd it had already completed one of the most extensive sea trials likely to be undertaken by this type of vessel. This Damen Multi Cat 2510 was delivered by sea, under its own power, from the Damen Shipyard 's Galatz yard in Romania.