Milestone for harbour project as 12th caisson arrives in Aberdeen

THE 12th caisson for Aberdeen Harbour’s expansion project has arrived in Aberdeen following a 48-hour journey from storage in the Cromarty Firth.

The caisson forms part of the north-facing Castlegate Quay, which is 540 metres long, and will support the international shipping industry as well as sectors including renewables and decommissioning.

A total of 22 caissons will be used to construct the fixed quay areas of South Harbour, providing heavy-lift capacity and significantly reducing the amount of concrete required in the construction phase.

Michelle Handforth, chief executive of Aberdeen Harbour Board said, “Construction of the fixed quays is progressing quickly, and we now have less than half of the caissons to arrive and be placed in the harbour. Our significantly larger quaysides, operational capabilities and expansive international connections will ensure Aberdeen Harbour is a major player in the maritime economies of Scotland and the rest of the UK, and will bring new possibilities to Aberdeen and the surrounding region.

“My thanks go to our site team and multi-disciplined group of contractors whose expertise and experience has ensured the safe transfer and placement of this caisson. I look forward to the rest of the caissons arriving and seeing the remaining structure of South Harbour quickly taking shape.”