VolkerStevin was principal contractor for the contract to reconstruct and deepen Berths 201/202 in Southampton.  Boskalis Westminster, as strategic partner to VolkerStevin, undertook all dredging activities. The project involved the design and construction of a new 550m quay directly in front of the existing Berths 201/202. Our Client, ABP required these berths to be deepened to allow current and new generation container ships to berth there at their loaded draught.

The scope of works included:

  • Reconstructing the berth quay wall utilising an anchored pile wall option to cater for the new berth depth
  • Upgrading the existing quay electrical infrastructure and service facilities to current H&S standards and BS/Euro Codes
  • Upgrading the existing crane and crane rail facilities to accommodate new and larger cranes to offload the bigger vessels
  • Dredging the deeper berthing pocket using backhoe techniques and providing specialist designed scour protection
  • Undertaking all temporary works, site preparation, clearance, demolition, decommissioning, piling, earthworks, cathodic protection and fittings such as fenders, kerbs, bollards, ladders, safety chains, rails, buffers and signage

Following successful completion, the new 550 metre berth is now capable of handling the world’s largest container ships and offering:

  • 87km of deep water quay, with up to 16 metres depth alongside
  • Berthing for vessels over 400 metres in length
  • 16 quayside gantry cranes with super post panamax capacity
  • All backed up by a fleet of flexible straddle carriers

The project was undertaken in a busy port environment adjacent to both urban and residential areas. By working closely with the Harbour Master, client and other land and marine based operators, we ensured harmony between our construction and existing port operations.

The project was delivered on time and budget. A prestigious opening ceremony was held in March 2014, as the first of the new generation of ships, the ‘Hyundai Tenacity’, berthed at the new quay. Local Olympic hero Sir Ben Ainslie officially opened the new berth, by placing a golden container upon the container ship.

key facts

Client                                                                                                                                  Associated British Ports (ABP)


Quay wall

Jan 2012 – March 2014

The project
VolkerStevin was principal contractor and Boskalis Westminster, as strategic partner to VolkerStevin, undertook all dredging activities.



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