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Dover works to allow longer ships

[ April 25, 2012   //   ]

The Port of Dover is extending pier A at Eastern Docks to allow longer vessels to moor in berths two and three. The work, to be completed prior to the Olympic Games, will provide improved mooring for DFDS vessels and an alternative berth for the large P&O Spirit class ships recently introduced on the Dover-Calais route. Berths seven and nine can already accommodate the new super-ferries but without the extension to pier A, larger ships using berth three would protrude beyond the extent of the pier. A 4 metre diameter monopile, weighing 246 tonnes, arrived last week and is now being installed.

Port of Dover’s head of infrastructure development, Nigel Bodell said; “The pier A project is part of a £11.4m investment in berth infrastructure at the Port this year. Previously, we have completed similar work on piers C and E and as the third pier to be extended, the investment in pier A alone cost £4.3m. It moves the Port closer to the corporate objective to plan and develop our infrastructure to meet the needs of the market and of our customers by providing more multi-user berths.”

 

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