Contractor appointed for Port of Dundee quayside development

Port of DundeeDundee’s prospects of becoming a decommissioning hub for North Sea Oil & Gas have taken take another step closer with the appointment of the contractor to construct a new quayside at the port specifically designed to handle this work.

Southbay Civil Engineering was selected by Port of Dundee owner Forth Ports to design and build the quayside following a detailed tender process.

The company says the new £10 million quayside will have industry-leading “heavy lift” capability, coupled with a significant onshore operational area, and will be designed to place the city at the forefront of decommissioning and offshore wind work.

The contract started last month and is expected to be completed at the end of this year.

Upon completion, the quayside will be 200m longer and will be one of the strongest quaysides in Scotland with an ultra-heavy lift pad at one end. The quayside will have a strength capability of 80 tonnes per square metre.

Southbay has previously worked on other projects at the port including Prince Charles Wharf and Princess Alexandra Wharf. During the length of the contract at the port, the firm will involve short-term student placements for civil engineering students from Abertay University in Dundee.

Forth Ports has also confirmed RPS as client technical advisor, Currie & Brown as client project manager and Fairhurst as quayside designer working with Southbay.

Paul Stephenson, managing director of Southbay, said: “Having recently delivered several smaller projects within the Port of Dundee we have established an excellent business relationship with Forth Ports.

“Together with our existing experienced people, we are already adding to our team by employing local staff and trades. The region has had some fantastic civil engineering schemes which has produced highly skilled people and we are pleased to add to this experience and skill set.

“We have also established a close working relationship with Abertay University and will provide work placement opportunities to students throughout the contract duration, ensuring a lasting project legacy. The scheme is a big investment in the port and is creating opportunities now that will benefit the local economy for many years to come.”

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