Supporting local projects early in 2021

Towage, Workboats Posted 4 months ago by Carmet Tugs

It was an early start to the year for Carmet supporting local projects. The first big project came in January supporting Ravestein BV who were the main contractors for the installation of the new outer lock gate for the Queen Elizabeth II Dock at Eastham.

Supporting local projects early in 2021

It was an early start to the year for Carmet supporting local projects. The first big project came in January supporting Ravestein BV who were the main contractors for the installation of the new outer lock gate for the Queen Elizabeth II Dock at Eastham.

The multi-million-pound major infrastructure project to replace the outer lock gate started towards the end of 2020 and is the first new gate since the dock opened in 1954. It has taken two years of careful planning in preparation for this significant project. This new outer lock gate will ensure safe and reliable passage for vessels coming in and out of the port.

How did Carmet assist?

Carmet worked closely with Ravestein BV assisting with the movements of all the floating plant within the River Mersey, including the towage of the New Caisson from Liverpool to Eastham.
Our workboat, the Vector, was the main vessel used throughout the project. The 16t bollard pull Eurocarrier handled the 60 x 22m crane barge ‘Skyline 26’ around the dock systems as a composite unit, with the assistance of other vessels on the River Mersey.

As well as organising and providing suitable vessels, Carmet also provided agency and planning services, liaising with pilotage, dockmasters and boatmen, and also ensuring all permits and permissions were in place with Peel Ports.

What else is coming up in 2021 locally?

Carmet are hopeful that 2021 will see more projects like this begin within the local area. New gates are planned for both Alfred Lock in Birkenhead, and Langton Lock in Liverpool, where similar floating plant will be required.

The wide range of smaller multirole vessels Carmet can now offer are ideally located to support these types of projects in the North West, and since our first small multirole vessel in 2013, our local crews have experience in all relative operations.

Contact Carmet to find out more about the vessels and services offered.

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