Rostock invests in improved quays

Berth renovation work in Rostock. Berth renovation work in Rostock.

Quay modernisation and stepped-up investment this year in Rostock is designed to keep the German Baltic port on top of demand, reports Tom Todd.

Port Construction Project Manager Dirk Warning told Maritime Journal that work on two major berth renovation projects was now well in hand for completion this year in Rostock, Germany’s largest Baltic port.

One involves Berths 50/51 in Basin A where a new quay wall with scour protection and two mooring dolphins were being built in front of the existing wall up to the end of the year. The facility will be made suitable for RoRo cargo ships of 189m x 20.9m drawing 6.2m.

The adjacent Berths 41 and 42 are being made suitable for ships of up to 250m length and two 36m wide ramps are being created for both facilities. Quay surface load bearing capabilities are being increased to 5t/m2.

Warning said a consortium grouping Colcrete-von Essen in Rastede and Aug. Prien Bauunternehmung in Hamburg were responsible for the Berth 50 project.

The second project involves Berths 62/63 where a new quay wall is also being created in front of the existing quay walls. It will also have scour protection and mooring points. In future Berth 63 will be suitable for ships up to 250m and Berth 62 for vessels of maximum 220m. Completion of work on that project, originally due to end in June, would now be in September, Warning revealed.

The project manager told Maritime Journal that the consortium handling work at Berth 63 work comprised Ed. Züblin in Rostock, Colcrete- von Essen Wasserbau in Eckermünde and Aug. Prien Bauunternehmung in Hamburg.

Investment by the Port of Rostock this year is tipped to be an all-time record of €40 million. That compares with an €18 million investment last year when five big construction projects were launched. As well as the Berth 50 and Berth 63 projects, work also began on the renewal of Berth 23, on heavy load capability improvement on Berth 15 and on construction of a new handling building in Warnemünde.

Increased investment now, officials said, is designed to further increase the attractiveness and handling efficiency of Rostock, whose Overseas Port handled 25.6 million tons last year. Ferry and RoRo business continues to spearhead port growth.

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