The world’s container ships are growing in size, partly due to the volume of goods being produced in Asia and consumed in Europe and the US. The UK’s ports are having to adapt to the ever increasing size of these cargo vessels. Liverpool 2 is Peel Ports’ new deep water container terminal. This will enable the Port of Liverpool to accommodate two post-Panamax vessels simultaneously, helping it to become the UK’s national gateway and transhipment hub for Ireland.
BAM Nuttall and Van Oord, working together in Joint Venture, is responsible for the design and construct of a new 854m quay wall, using tubular steel piles, and the installation of ship to shore quay crane rails as well as supporting infrastructure works such as the construction of new road, surfacing and fencing. Work on the quay wall has required 30,000 cu m of concrete, 15,000m of steel piles and 6,100m of new crane rails. At almost 30m high it is one of the highest quay walls in Europe.
Dredging the berthing pocket has been carried using a combination of Van Oord’s water injection dredging technique and backhoe dredger Goliath – Europe’s largest backhoe. They have created a deepwater ‘pocket’ that will allow the post-Panamax vessels to sit against the quay without bottoming out. A lot of the dredged material is being scoured out, and placed as fill behind the new quay wall producing a ‘beach’.
Throughout the planning process, we have held regular consultations with the Marine Management Organisation, the Environment Agency and Natural England to ensure that construction activities have minimal impact on the environment.
The construction and opening of Liverpool 2 will bring economic and social benefits to Merseyside and the broader North West region:
- Liverpool 2 will add £5bn gross value to the local economy
- 5000 direct and indirect jobs will be created
- 400 of those will be at the Port of Liverpool
The project team hold regular events to raise money for local charities. One such event was the Dragon Boat Racing Tournament where 100 team members helped raise money for
Zoe’s Place, a Liverpool based Baby Hospice. With the Tournament being held during National Children’s Hospice Week this seemed a fitting charity for us all to support.
A valuable experience for our young engineers
Despite the challenges the project has faced, excellent progress is being made and the team is focused on completing the project in a few months’ time. The team is proud of the quality of the engineering on the project and morale remains high.
“For those involved, it’s been a fantastic learning platform”
Aaron Green, Section Engineer
“It really is great to be part of the team that is delivering this. Professionally, the scope of work I am experiencing on one project is amazing”
Llinos Owen, Assistant Engineer