Two Mersey Maritime members Royal HaskoningDHV & The Beech Group have worked together on a major upgrade project at the port of Holyhead .
Owned and operated by Stena Line Ports, Holyhead handles a significant RoRo and passenger traffic trade route between Ireland and the UK and Continental Europe.
Stena appointed Royal HaskoningDHV to design and manage an upgrade of the port’s infrastructure including a new lower deck vehicle linkspan and passenger walkway from the terminal building to the Irish Ferries berth at Terminal 3.
The vehicle linkspan has recently been installed and is fully operational and the focus is now on the new passenger walkway and boarding bridge. In order for this project to move forward the existing series of ‘over water high level’ walkways installed in the 1990’s needed to be demolished.
Through a tender process, Beech Group was appointed to undertake the work.
Using the floating crane barge Lara 1, Beech successfully took down three walkways along with a gantry frame and boarding tunnel with each item weighing between 25 to 40 tonnes.
The final lift was undertaken using a land based 750-tonne capacity crane reaching over 40 metres to lift a 34 metre span section of walkway weighing 35 tonnes.
Stena Line Ports was impressed by Beech success in executing a complex and difficult series of lifts in limited time slots without disrupting the use of either of the major ferry berths.