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PROJECTFOCUS


and herbicides in and around the facility, in addition to a manual inspection for the


removal of weeds, rodents, insects and other pests. The cargoes, which included


300-tonne crawler crane cabs, were inspected on arrival and washed using ultra high-pressure water jets. “As far as we are aware, this


project represents the first time such stringent export procedures have been carried out at a UK port facility,” explained Colin Charnock, TGP ceo. The equipment, where


deemed necessary, was also


Most of the supplies for the wharf removal and re-construction were transported on a single vessel charter.


TGP delivers Attenborough shipments to the Antarctic


The delivery of materials for the construction of a wharf to accommodate polar research vessel RRS Sir David Attenborough required strict biosecurity compliance before departure from Teesside, UK, writes David Kershaw.


T


rans Global Projects Group (TGP) is handling the delivery of equipment and


construction materials to the British Antarctic Survey’s (BAS) Rothera Research Station located at Rothera Point, Adelaide Island, in the Antarctic. TGP was contracted by BAM,


the global construction and civil engineering company in charge of removing Rothera Point’s old wharf and constructing a new facility that will accommodate the UK’s state-of-the-art polar


research vessel RRS Sir David Attenborough. As no construction


equipment or material was available onsite in Rothera, TGP worked closely with BAM to consolidate, prepare and ship almost all the necessary supplies for the wharf removal and


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re-construction on a single vessel charter. While Antarctica has one of


the coldest and harshest climates in the world, TGP explained that it also has unique and sensitive ecosystems that can be threatened by the incursion of non-native species of plants and animals.


Biosecurity compliance The biggest logistical challenge facing the TGP team was therefore ensuring that the shipment headed for Rothera remained completely contamination-free and complied with the British Antarctic Survey Biosecurity Handbook and the Polar Code. Over the course of several


weeks in late October and November 2018, TGP experts


worked at AV Dawson’s facilities at Teesport in Teesside, UK, to perform decontamination and loading activities. Prior to receiving the cargo,


the biosecure facility at Teesport underwent deep cleaning. This was conducted in addition to a maintenance schedule of spraying insecticides, pesticides


As far as we are aware, this project represents the first time such stringent export procedures have been carried out at a UK port


facility. – Colin Charnock, TGP


treated with residual insecticide solutions. All containers and loading equipment underwent fumigation, and only timber compliant with the International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures No. 15 (ISPM15) was used for export packing. Once all preparatory work


was completed, the shipment was loaded on board a vessel on November 22. TGP added that the vessel itself also underwent a similar decontamination process in accordance with the biosecurity plan.


Engineered transport The RRS Sir David Attenborough is scheduled to begin operations in 2019, on completion of construction at the Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead, UK. Over the last 17 months,


engineered transport provider and heavy lift specialist ALE has handled several phases of the vessel’s construction, including moving the partially completed polar research vessel, weighing 5,000 tonnes, from the fabrication hall to the slipway at the Birkenhead facility. The vessel was moved 41 m


using 216 axle lines of SPMTs and 26 transport beams. In August 2018, Kotug Smit


Towage deployed four tugs from its fleet – Smit Barbados, Smit Waterloo, Smit Belgie and Smit Sandon – to tow the 10,000- tonne hull of the ship to the Cammell Laird basin.


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