Bornholm base for Kreigers Flak
Designed primarily as a base for the Kreigers Flak offshore wind farm, a major harbour development on the island of Bornholm has seen the port of Rønne almost double in size.
Bornholm is a Danish island that lies in the gateway to the Baltic Sea and is located to the south of Sweden. The new development at the port has mean that the island has expanded by 150,000 square metres as a result of the new construction at Port of Rønne where quays designed to cope with heavy loads have been constructed to handle the equipment and assembly of the wind farm components prior to load out for transport to the wind farm.
This expansion area at the port lies to the south of the existing harbour and it is enclosed by a curving rock breakwater. Within this breakwater a large hard standing area has been developed for the pre-assembly work with the reclaimed area enclosed by sheet steel piling and in-filled mainly with material dredged from the seabed to provide deep water access. The waters of this new harbour area have been dredged to a depth of 11 metres to allow all-tide access.
There is a new quay that is 575 metres in length allowing two or more ships to load or discharge at the same time. In addition, a ro-ro berth has been constructed to create an additional cargo handling area. The main reclaimed area has been constructed to be capable of handling loadings of 50 tonnes per square metre and the main contractors on this project were the piling and groundwork experts Aarsleff, a major Danish company.
“Throughout the period we have had a good common understanding and a good cooperation on the new port. It has been an exciting project to be a part of. Our team has worked purposefully and hard, and we are extremely proud of the great result, which is now definitively handed over to the Port of Rønne,” said Rene Kold Søndergaard, department engineer at Aarsleff.
With this new development Rønne is now well placed to handle components for many of the new wind farm developments in the Baltic Sea in addition to Kriegers Flak.
By Dag Pike
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