Marine reclamation work starts at major UK port28th Feb 2018

Infrastructure improvement works including land reclamation, earthworks and surfacing to improve the site layout, and safety at Holyhead Port is being carried out by Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK.

The project will improve the service efficiency experienced by accompanied and unaccompanied freight alongside passenger vehicles.

The works started at the end of January at Salt Island, adjacent to the busy ferry terminals at the major commercial and ferry port in Anglesey.

The project comprises construction of a revetement to straighten out an existing waterfront embankment, and extension of a parking area for commercial trailers.

The revetement will require 13,000 tonnes of material, much of it reclaimed and processed on site using Jones Bros’ own crushers, thereby minimising vehicle journeys required to and from the site during construction, and disruption to the travelling public both in and outside the port.

Groundworks will include installatation of new foul and surface water drainage systems, along with high security fencing vehicle restraint systems, kerbing and upgrading the existing lighting. The works will also include the construction of new pavements and resurfacing.

Jones Bros, which is a specialist in building port infrastructure and marine defences, is working under a marine licence from Natural Resources Wales to allow it to operate in this sensitive environment.

Use of biodegradeable oil in heavy plant and other machinery that will come into contact with the water, are among precautions being taken to protect the marine life.

Salt Island is a rocky outcrop joined to Holy Island, which itself is joined to Anglesey. Holyhead is the second largest port in the UK, handling two million passengers, 500,000 vehicles, and 450,000 freight units a year.

The works are being carried out for Stena Ports Ltd, owner of the port, and Stena Line operates 56 ferry crossings per week from Holyhead to Dublin. The project is expected to last 30 weeks

Jones Bros’ site manager, Emlyn Roberts, said: “The company has a policy of trying to buy from local suppliers where possible, and in this case, we’re buying all our stone, concrete and Tarmacadam from The Hogan Group on Anglesey.

“Working in the water and around tidal flows has particular requirements. Fortunately, we’ve had plenty of experience on big marine infrastructure jobs such as marina construction and rebuilding sea defences to protect towns from flooding, that we can call on to complete this job.”

Captain Wyn Parry, Irish Sea South Ports Manager, said: “We’re always looking at ways to improve our facilities for our freight and travel customers and this project will certainly have a positive impact on our ability to remain competitive and efficient.”