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26 July 2019

Dorset’s Intermarine UK lands steel fabrication deal to increase capacity at Portland Port

Maritime engineering company Intermarine UK has been selected to take part in a major infrastructure project designed to increase capacity at Portland Port in Dorset.

The firm operates a 2,400sqm fabrication and welding facility at the port on England’s south coast, which it opened in 2018 following a £750,000 investment. Acting as a subcontractor for project lead CMP Thames Ltd, Intermarine UK has been tasked with fabricating a number of steel structures that will extend the mooring capacity of Queen’s Pier by 40 metres in order to accommodate the growing number of vessels visiting the port.

A change in the nature of shipping at Portland Port has driven significant infrastructure investment over recent years. The port’s cruise business is continuing to grow, while cargo customers have also seen an increase in activity. Work to further extend Queen’s Pier is the latest project designed to support the site’s continued growth.

Dorset’s Intermarine UK lands steel fabrication deal to increase capacity at Portland PortIntermarine UK’s steel fabrications will form part of a new mooring dolphin at the end of the pier that will create a facility for berthing vessels up to 230 metres long with drafts up to 10.5 metres. 

Mark Bowden, Intermarine UK production manager, said:

“A steel pile has been driven into the seabed and we’ve created a pipework carousel, a steel frame, that sits on top,” he said. “Six other piles will be driven through this frame before pre-cast concrete sections and a concrete base are added by CMP Thames to complete the mooring platform. In addition, we’ve completed a 40-metre walkway that connects to the existing extension so you can walk out to the dolphin and take in ropes from a ship when it berths. The final stage will see us fabricate two steel fenders for either side of the dolphin. These will hold large rubber fenders that ships can rest against.”

The steel carousel was built in two sections so it could be moved out of the workshop on a low-loader trailer before assembly. As Intermarine UK is based at Portland Port, there was no need to transport the structures by road and carry out modular assembly on site, reducing the overall cost of the project.

Mr Bowden said the walkway is now ready to be painted and installed, while the platform’s fenders are due to be completed soon.

He added:

“This is an important infrastructure project that will increase capacity and flexibility at the port. The dolphin will not only allow more ships to be moored alongside Queen’s Pier, but also larger ships. We’re proud to have played a part in this project, and been able to use our facilities and the skills of our workforce to improve Portland Port’s facilities and support future growth.”

Since establishing a production base at Portland Port in 2018, Intermarine UK has spent in excess of £750,000 equipping the site with state-of-the-art machinery. This investment has allowed the company to expand the range of engineering and fabrication services it offers to the UK’s ship repair, refit, conversion and shipbuilding markets.

The firm played a central role in the assembly of Britain’s two new aircraft carriers, HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH and HMS PRINCE OF WALES, and recently completed construction of a floating platform for the British Royal Navy that will allow crew and passengers to board and disembark from the rear of these ships. In 2018, Intermarine UK signed a six-figure contract with Merseyside shipyard Cammell Laird to fabricate more than ten tons of piping systems for the RRS Sir David Attenborough polar ship, Britain’s biggest commercial ship building project in more than 30 years.

 

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The Inter Marine Group’s roots trace back to 1990 when the mother company: Inter Marine Sp. z o.o. was established. The Inter Marine Group has grown into an international group of companies (IM Group) that is active in the following business areas: Marine Engineering, International trade, Employment agency (on land and sea), Shipping services (forwarding and logistics). w: www.intermarineuk.com

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