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Client: Cork Harbour Commissioners

Project Value: IR£4 million

Description: Malachy Walsh and Partners in association with Posford Duvivier were commissioned to design an extension to the existing Deepwater Berth at Ringaskiddy. The extension was to be 100 metres long and to include associated mechanical and electrical services; three new mooring dolphins and linking access footbridges; and a revised fendering system. The berth was designed for a variety of ships up to 60,000 dwt and for a variety of cargo loadings and mechanical handling equipment.

The project was subject to a cash limit and effective cost management had to be employed from the preparation of initial estimates onwards. This project involved a detailed soil investigation (in an area known to be heavily faulted and with extensive deep weathering of the bedrock); preparation of a preliminary report (investigating alternative concepts and cost estimates); detailed design and the preparation of tender documents. A cost effective design enabled the berth to be extended to 119 metres long with only two mooring dolphins. Construction was completed in May 1992.


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