Quay Load Testing, Harwich International Port - Projects - MLM
Quay Load Testing, Harwich International Port - Projects - MLM
Quay Load Testing, Harwich International Port - Projects - MLM
Quay Load Testing, Harwich International Port - Projects - MLM

Quay Load Testing, Harwich International Port

Project Information
  • Location
  • Harwich
  • Sector
  • Ports & Harbours / River & Marine
  • Services
  • Infrastructure, Civil Engineering, River & Marine Engineering

Fluor, a supplier of off-shore wind turbines, approached Harwich International Port (HIP) to determine the suitability of the quay for the unloading and assembly of wind turbine components prior to installation off the Suffolk coast as part of the Greater Gabbard Wind Farm. HIP commissioned MLM to assess the suitability of the quay for this use.

The area of the quay in question comprises a concrete deck supported on concrete and steel beams, supported by piles, with a sheet piled quay wall to the river. MLM carried out an under-quay survey and review of the limited record information; it was not possible to conclusively determine the strength of the quay from this.

After discussions of the risks involved it was decided that various areas of the quay would be load tested with kentledge blocks to simulate the worst loading effects from the proposed trafficking during loading/unloading operations. The load tests were undertaken in a predefined sequence adding load in increments up to the final value. Electrical monitoring of the movements of the structure was carried out to confirm the structure’s performance.

Key Features

  • Assessment of existing quays
  • Physical testing
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