Bridge work is a milestone for port's project
A MILESTONE phase of the biggest single investment ever seen at the Port Of Grimsby has been completed.
The emerging river terminal – on schedule to welcome the first car-carrying vessels this year – has taken delivery of the specially designed 70m linkspan bridge, a key part of the £26 million development.
It was installed by international heavy-lifting expert Mammoet, using a crane barge, having been transported by ship to the Humber, where it was transferred in a delicate operation.
The linkspan will allow for vehicles to be driven on and off the huge roll-on roll-off vessels regardless of the height of the tide in the river.
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It forms the connection between the fixed 195m finger pier jetty, stretching out from beneath the Dock Tower, and the huge floating pontoon, onto which the vessels will discharge.
John Fitzgerald, ABP port director for Grimsby and Immingham, said: "It's great to see this exciting phase in the development of the Port Of Grimsby take shape with the addition of this new linkspan.
"The new terminal is on course to secure Grimsby's position as the UK's leading car-import facility."
Main contractor Graham, confirmed that the development is on schedule and the first vessels are expected to berth at the new terminal before July.
Gareth McLaverty, Graham's construction project manager, said: "The installation of this landmark structure marks a significant milestone in the delivery of the project.
"We now look forward to completing the new Grimsby River Terminal and changing the landscape and port facilities on the Humber Estuary."
The pontoon, which itself will measure 80m by 30m – capable of accommodating seven tennis courts – is currently under construction on the River Tyne, and will be delivered in April.
Not only does the investment significantly boost the capacity of the port, but it also increases the attraction of using it due to the efficiencies sailings of larger vessels bring.
When complete it will allow vessels carrying up to 3,000 vehicles to use Associated British Ports' facilities, three-times the capacity of those currently entering the Royal Dock and mooring alongside the A180 entrance to Grimsby.
A long-term agreement with Volkswagen Group, a customer of the port since the early Seventies, has enabled the investment, as previously reported.
Work began in May with the first pile of the jetty.