Rostock quay project gets underway

Berth 23: just part of a wider building programme in Rostock Port. Berth 23: just part of a wider building programme in Rostock Port.

Busy East German seaport, Rostock, has launched a two year project to rebuild a quayside, writes Tom Todd.

Rostock Port Construction Project Head Dirk Warning told Maritime Journal the rebuildling of Berth 23, centrally placed on the eastern side of the important Hafenbecken B, began in May and would last until March 2020. The work is costing about €20 million and is part of an ongoing, wider programme of harbour quay and berth development which has already involved the renovation of Berths 21 and 22 in 2017.

Upgrading is underway at Berth 15 for heavy loads and crane capacity of about 7,000 tons and at Berth 10 for heavy Ro-Ro consignments. Tenders were meanwhile being invited to build additional Ro-Ro/ferry ramps from 2019 at Berths 62/63 and for the construction of two more Ro-Ro ramps at Berth 50 in Hafenbecken A. After that, “Rostock will be well prepared to accommodate the increasing number of longer vessels”, Port Managing Director Jens A. Scharnher said.

Dirk Warning reported that a consortium grouping German construction concern Ed.Züblin in Rostock and TAGU Tiefbau Unterweser was tackling the rebuilding of Berth 23. Project planning was being handled by the Hamburg branch of Swiss engineering concern Ingenieurgesellschaft  Dr Binnewies in collaboration with ICN Ingenieure in Schwerin .

Berth 23 is to get a new 270m quayside to replace a facility built in 1962 and which reports said had reached the end of its useful technical life.

The new berth will become the hub of the port’s bulk cargo terminal and boast increased load bearing capacity. Some 2,400 m3 of earth are being excavated along with 2,500 m3 of reinforced concrete and 550m of quayside. Dirk Warning said 2,700 tons of sheet piling wall, 200 small bore injection piles and 100 auger piles were being installed. A total 3,980m3 of new reinforced concrete is being laid to carry crane tracks and quayside surfaces.

Eighteen cone fenders and 300m of new rail track were being fitted on water which was being dredged from its former 11.5m to 12.5-14.5m.  Jens Scharnher said “if larger bulkers are to be served and the effectiveness of handling is to be increased, then water must be deeper at Berth 23”.

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