Jenkins Marine are at work close to home this month providing marine logistical support with site investigation works underway in Poole Harbour and a new slipway for the Swanage Lifeboat. Both projects have been commissioned by Marine Civil Engineering contractors Bam Nuttall.
Bam Nuttall have asked Jenkins Marine to assist with site investigation works for the proposed south quay development for Poole Harbour Commissioners. The plans have been approved to undertake the first of several proposed developments in the "Port of Poole masterplan", intended to modernise the commercial port infrastructure.
Jenkins Marine vessels will be used to position a jack up barge within the area of the development to allow bore hole drilling and CPT measurements to be taken. This process will be greatly aided by their familiarity with this type of operation, which requires positioning to within 2m accuracy.
Just around the coast the new RNLI Swanage Lifeboat slipway is proceeding well with the arrival of the 18m x 30m Jack up barge Haven Seariser 4 on charter to BAM Nuttall from Red 7 Marine.
Jenkins Marine's Poole yard is being used as a base of operations for all equipment and supplies going to and from the barge, and has included the use of their Crawler crane and telehandler for handling deliveries of some large items including piling hammers and pre-cast concrete sections of the slipway. The extremely versatile Multirole vessels Avon, Frome and Buffalo have been variously responsible for deliveries of equipment and materials and manoeuvering the massive barge, together with Tugs Polmear and Handfast, which also included the coastal tow from Poole to Swanage
Due to the necessary proximity to the shore, both Frome and Buffalo's shallow draft makes them ideal for this. Fine positioning can be further achieved with the assistance of one of Jenkins Marine's highly manoeuverable Beaver work boats to provide lateral thrust as required.
Swanage Lifeboat's Dave Turnbull said:
"The scene at Peveril Point is going to change somewhat... when the large jack up barge arrives to start the installation of our slipway. The first job is to install the piles that will support the main body of the slipway. "
The jack up barge is expected to be on site until mid August.