Autumn 2019

Bigger bollards for mega Southampton moorings

Fendercare Marine has designed and manufactured a critical mooring solution at Southampton’s cruise terminal, which has showcased the team’s technical ability and set new safety standards at public ports.

Back in April 2018 the team was approached by Associated British Ports’ (ABP) Southampton and asked to provide reliable mooring bollards to support critical mooring at its ocean cruise terminal. This is one of the largest and busiest UK ports and a main stopping point for massive cruise ships, but with the cruise industry growing and the latest ships increasing in size, it was clear the port’s quayside bollards would need upgrading.

ABP Southampton was looking for mooring that could be guaranteed to withstand the stress of the new and growing fleets of heavy cruise liners, and the Fendercare Marine team pulled together to provide a solution.

Andy Sawyer and Jay Stephens from the Fendercare Marine design department worked closely with ARUP – a consultant engineering design company – to create the concept. Then project manager, Rhiannon Evans co-ordinated the logistically complex supply chain with quality engineer, Glen Jones who oversaw the intricate testing requirements to ensure the project was successfully completed.

Claire Key, business development executive at Fendercare Marine, explains:

‘The project presented challenges from the start, but we worked closely with the port to reach a practical solution and to give the customer confidence in the bollards’ performance.’

The result is the delivery of 32 150-tonne and five 50-tonne cast iron tee head bollards made from high-quality material, which were put through a rigorous non-destructive and destructive test regime before being painted and delivered with full certification.

Greg Murray, project engineer at ABP confirms:

‘We approached several suppliers but found that Fendercare Marine fully understood our requirements and worked hard to achieve them – one of which was fabricating the bollards and pull load testing them in the UK, which gave us the ability to witness the process every step of the way.’

The Fendercare Marine team had previously raised concerns about the ability of the existing bollards to meet increasing demands.

Lara Griffin, products division director at Fendercare Marine adds:

‘This is a massive step towards improving efficiency and safety standards at British ports and a great example of how the Fendercare Marine team is working to develop and improve industry standards. It is extremely satisfying to be able to work with ABP to prove the integrity of the bollards we supplied.’


 

 MEGA fenders

The Fendercare Marine team has also been asked to supply a set of ‘MEGA fenders’ to large US customers. The Yokohama fenders are the largest pneumatic fenders in the world, measuring 12.7m long (longer than a London bus) and 6.8m high.  

 


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