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Dutch JV wins £75m Liverpool quay wall

8 Aug 13 A joint venture of BAM Nuttall and Van Oord has been awarded a £75m contract by Peel Ports on the Liverpool container terminal development.

Van Oord will use its Goliath backhoe dredger
Van Oord will use its Goliath backhoe dredger

Peel Ports is building a new £300m deep-water container terminal in the Port of Liverpool to allow the world's largest container ships to the Mersey.

Lend Lease was appointed lead contractor last year.

The Dutch joint venture will design and build the quay wall.

BAM Nuttall will design the quay wall and the crane rails, construct a new 854m quay wall, and install ship to shore quay crane rails as well as supporting infrastructure works such as the construction of new road, surfacing and fencing.

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Van Oord will dredge soft materials using a combination of Van Oord’s water injection dredging technique and backhoe dredger Goliath, the largest backhoe dredger in Europe.

To create the new container area, material sourced from the River Mersey will be placed with a trailing suction hopper dredger after which the berthing pocket will be dredged with a cutter suction dredger and the dredged material will be reused as fill. Vertical drains to consolidate the water-saturated subsoil and increase soil stability will be installed by Wicks, a Van Oord subsidiary. Vertical drainage will result in reduced residual settlement.

Peel Ports programme director Douglas Coleman said: “The appointment of the BAM Nuttall/Van Oord JV for this crucial package of work represents a significant milestone in the delivery of the Liverpool2 project. The joint venture secured the package of work amidst an intense environment of competition.”

Van Oord UK managing director Maurits den Broeder said: “The consortium’s wide variety of expertise guarantees an economic answer to the UK’s growing need for container capacity.”

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