Peel Ports has appointed Farrans Construction to upgrade Gladstone Lock and adjacent container terminal quayside infrastructure at the Port of Liverpool, in order to increase efficiency for the transit of vessels within Seaforth Dock at the U.K. port.
No disruption to business at the Port of Liverpool is expected as a result of the works, Peel Ports said.
The upgrade includes new fendering around the Gladstone Lock port entry and a re-ordering of quayside activities adjacent to the Royal Seaforth Container Terminal, including the construction of a new quay wall. The work will also comprise widening the Seaforth Dock passage to accommodate larger vessels.
The contract with Farrans is worth about £9 million (approximately US$14.0 million). Preliminary work has now begun, with completion of the full project expected around December 2014. The work comes ahead of the launch of the port’s deep water container terminal Liverpool2, which will double the port’s current container capacity when it opens for business in 2015.
“The Farrans Construction proposals represented a technically robust solution to an extremely challenging and complex project,” said Douglas Coleman, program director for Peel Ports, in a written statement. “We look forward to working with the Farrans team to deliver this business-critical project.”
Kevin Corley, director of Farrans Construction, added: “We are delighted to have been selected by Peel Ports to construct this complex re-ordering of the port’s Gladstone Lock entrance. This is the first project that Farrans have undertaken for Peel Ports, and we’re looking forward to working with them.”