Our annual conference is the perfect time to reflect on the most ambitious, innovative and safe projects successfully managed by our port teams across the network over the past year.
A stand-out project recognised at the conference’s awards, winning Project of the Year, was the Heysham Capital Projects, with Mark Patterson accepting the award after being nominated by Stephen Mackenzie, head of projects for Peel Ports Group.
The £10m scheme of projects at Heysham Harbour fell into three parts that saw both new and upgraded facilities installed at the harbour to provide an improved service to existing customers, as well as bringing new capabilities for growing business at the port.
Stephen explains why the project was such a worthy winner.
The completion of the new link road in early 2018 has ultimately helped to increase throughput at the port and expand opportunities for our customers. But without innovating and developing modern solutions at the port, we wouldn’t have been able to enjoy this new success.
We approached the overall task of improvement in three distinct parts. The primary project was to install a new linkspan for Seatruck to utilise, allowing vessels to berth and trailers to be loaded and unloaded in a safe and efficient manner required the construction of a bank seat to accommodate the new asset which was fabricated in the Netherlands.
The second project was the construction of a small craft berth within the harbour, accommodating smaller vessels, including service craft supporting the windfarm industry in the Irish Sea. We managed the process in conjunction with a subsidiary company, Marine Designs Limited, who supplied the pontoons.
The third project, which we’re currently working on, is to reinforce the North Quay wall, which has over time become unstable.
As with all projects, safety must be placed front and centre – particularly those with multi-phases running concurrently. As such, a team was assembled to deliver the projects in a safe manner. Site safety inspections were undertaken regularly throughout the projects and any issues identified were resolved quickly using a teamwork approach.
The result of this approach was no recorded accidents during the construction of all of the phases.
This excellent result and health and safety award each highlight the value of collaborative teamwork, with both the Port of Heysham and wider Group project teams involved in delivering what was a multi-phase project safely in often challenging conditions.
The commercial benefits are already evident with the Port of Heysham seeing a significant increase in volumes of RoRo traffic across all routes. One route in particular has grown 14%. The investment so far has exceeded expectations for the business and our customers.
Great Safety is Good Business.
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