Work has started at the Port of Felixstowe on the latest expansion of the UK’s largest container port. VSBW Joint Venture, a consortium of VolkerStevin and Boskalis Westminster, has been appointed as the lead contactor to extend the port’s Berth 9 by 190 metres. The work will increase the combined lengths of Berths 8&9 to 920 metres, giving the port even greater flexibility to berth the world’s largest container ships.
The Boskalis Westminster dredger, Causeway, began dredging the area on 13 April 2014. The initial dredging is in preparation for construction to begin in the summer. The project will involve dredging 1 million cubic metres of material to provide the berth and approaches, and enable a new steel-piled quay wall to be built.
Piling of the quay wall for the new extension will start later in the summer with construction due to complete in mid 2015. The new extension will be equipped with three new ship-to-shore gantry cranes, each with a 25-container wide outreach.