Port of Dundee extends main project cargo berth
The Gottwald MK 1500 ready for work in the Port of Dundee. Photographs – OM Heavy Lift
Date 28 August 2018
The port of Dundee, part of the Forth Ports group, has extended its main project cargo berth – Prince Charles Wharf – to over 310 metres with new fenders installed along the entire quayside.
On a 50m x 45m operational heavy lift area with a lifting capacity up to 1,500 tonnes on the quayside OM Heavy Lift, a wholly owned subsidiary of Oilfield Machinery Ltd – OilMac, has assembled its 1500-tonne crane.
The Gottwald MK1500 is the largest permanent quayside crane in the UK. With a 58m boom it is capable of lifting 875 tonnes from the centre of a barge or vessel, bolstering OilMac’s decommissioning and offshore wind services.
The port has provided an additional 60 acres of laydown area for the marshalling and storage of multiple project material.
Alex Fyfe, managing director at OilMac, said: “We’re anticipating our heavy crane capability to be a significant attraction for offshore wind developments. The Gottwald MK1500 is a vital asset for future offshore wind and decommissioning projects in Dundee and will propel our business in the medium term, and beyond.”
David Webster, Port Manager at the Port of Dundee, said: “A permanent crane removes mobilisation charges, which is important in a competitive market.
“We place significant emphasis upon the decommissioning and renewables construction capabilities of at the Port of Dundee, and it becomes ever more attractive in this field as OilMac’s Gottwald MK1500 and Olympus cranes mitigate those cranage costs.”