Marine civil engineers Red 7 Marine have been building a new ferry lay over berthing facility in East Cowes, Isle of Wight, for the Ferry operator ‘Red Funnel’.
The project involved installing several mooring dolphins and mooring piles adjacent to the existing East Cowes ferry terminal for the new freight ferry ‘Red Kestrel’, due to be delivered very soon. The project specification also necessitated dredging to ensure sufficient water depth for the new ferry, which marine dredging specialists Jenkins Marine were more than happy to complete.
Contractors Red 7 have been busy on site with a variety of marine plant (including their Jack up barge) to complete the piling works which has restricted site access for the dredging. This, combined with the time limits imposed by the Marine License and an already busy dredging programme this winter for Jenkins Marine, created a considerable challenge.
Jenkins Marine Managing Director Dan Jenkins said
“It was a challenge to plan, and once we got started the weather decided to blow at gale force for a whole week which restricted our ability to dispose of the dredged arisings to the licenced sea disposal ground; but we managed to work closely together with the clients to ensure a timely and satisfactory outcome for all.”
Jenkins Marine were also able to assist the project by chartering an aluminium workboat to Red 7 Marine to facilitate access to their marine plant.