General Cargo

Multi-purpose berths handling general cargo are suited to small ports where the extent of containerisation remains limited. A wide range of diversified goods can be handled in this way.

General cargo can be loaded and unloaded at the berth using mobile cranes or ships’ gear. Trailers are often used to transfer cargo to and from storage.

These operations tend to be simple, particularly where the cost of labour is low. The alternative is the use of lift trucks to minimise the amount of labour used.

Open storage areas or sheds are needed depending on the cargoes to be handled. Often multiple cargoes will be accommodated at the same quayside and it is preferable to have storage close to the berth in order to avoid double handling.

Passenger Ferry & Cruise Terminals
Ro-Ro Terminals
Dry Bulk Terminals
Oil, Gas and Pipelines
Container Terminals
General Cargo
Leisure and Small Craft Facilities
Refurbishment and Regeneration

Braye Harbour, Commercial Quay

The Commercial Quay at Alderney required an upgrade due to its decaying fabric and the need to facilitate access for larger vessels. The relative merits of reconstructing and enlarging the commercial Quay were considered and various site investigations undertaken to determine the ultimate scheme.

Beckett Rankine prepared a masterplan for development of the harbour and plans for refurbishing the quay, including cargo and passenger handling issues. Hydrographic and geotechnical investigations were undertaken and hydraulic modelling to assess wave climate in the harbour.


Click here to download an information sheet for this project.

Nansha

The Port of Nansha is found on the Pearl River, which flows through China into the South China Sea. With the major international port of Hong Kong thriving, it was thought that Nansha could develop to offer an alternative route for exports. International expertise was required to assess the potential that the site offered.

Beckett Rankine inspected the site of the port and made an evaluation of the possibility of further expansion. An assessment was made of the relative merits of shortlisted development schemes. Consideration was given to types of construction that would be efficient in this location.

Click here to download an information sheet for this project.

For more information about a specific category, please click on one of the links below.

Bryher Quay

A new passenger landing quay was created on one of the off-islands in the Isles of Scilly. The people of Bryher, with a population of around 50, wanted to have a quay that could be used at low tides. This low cost structure was constructed within a week by a volunteer team organised as part of a television programme.

Beckett Rankine designed the quay using readily available materials sourced from the islands, augmented by materials that could be transported easily to site from the mainland. Emphasis was placed on simple construction techniques that could largely be assembled manually.

Click here to download an information sheet for this project.

For more information about a specific category, please click on one of the links below.

Isles of Scilly - Survey of the Quays

A comprehensive survey was needed covering all of the quays on the Duchy of Cornwall's four inhabited islands, namely St Mary's, St Martin's, St. Agnes and Bryher. The objective was to establish the condition of the structures and to identify projects that can attract EU funding to improve marine transport to and between the islands.

Beckett Rankine inspected all the quays and reported the condition in a comprehensive, illustrated report. Requirements for repair work were listed with three levels of priority. Improvement schemes were proposed to meet the changed needs of the local communities.

Click here to download an information sheet for this project.

For more information about a specific category, please click on one of the links below.

Baltic Terminal - River Crouch

Situated in Essex, Baltic Terminal has a long history as the largest wharf on the River Crouch. The jetty had fallen into a poor state of repair with corrosion accounting for significant loss of strength but extensive improvements were required to the structure. Also the river had to be dredged to enable the passage of larger vessels.

Beckett Rankine were responsible for the design of the repairs of the jetty and dredging the river. Part of the jetty was demolished and rebuilt with new tubular steel piles and concrete deck. For economy and enhanced strength some piles were installed by sleeving the existing piles.

Click here to download an information sheet for this project.

For more information about a specific category, please click on one of the links below.

Grosvenor Dock, Westminster

Grosvenor Dock on the River Thames in central London had been used as a waste transfer wharf for the shipping of London's refuse to downriver landfill sites. This operation became uneconomical compared with road transport, however the Port of London Authority had safeguarded the wharf for commercial shipping use.

Beckett Rankine assessed the potential for continued use as a commercial wharf, including possible alternative cargoes and operations. Crucially, tidal parameters and other hydraulic parameters were analysed in detail to demonstrate the impracticality of continued commercial use.

Click here to download an information sheet for this project.

For more information about a specific category, please click on one of the links below.

Southampton Freight Ferry Terminal

One of the Port of Southampton's disused roll-on, roll-off linkspans was pressed into use for the freight ferry services linking with the Port of Rouen. Some refurbishment work was required at the gantry bridge and a pontoon was added to support the stern doors of the vessels and to provide more space for manoeuvring.

Beckett Rankine analysed the bridge and determined that some additonal braces were needed to resist wind loads in place of the diagonals that had to be removed to provide headroom for the double-stacked containers. The layout for the terminal was also prepared.

Click here to download an information sheet for this project.

For more information about a specific category, please click on one of the links below.

Ferry Terminal Masterplan, Penzance

Penzance Harbour is a small port providing ferry services to the Isles of Scilly 27 miles off the coast of Cornwall. A report was needed to consider possible schemes to redevelop the harbour at Penzance. This report was required in a very tight timescale and budget in order to assist the application for grant funds from EU's Objective 1.

Beckett Rankine visited the harbour, consulted with users and operators and prepared a number of schemes covering a range of development options and costs. Our report considered the relative merits of the alternatives so that the client could select a preferred option.

Click here to download an information sheet for this project.

For more information about a specific category, please click on one of the links below.

Tresco Quay Survey

Tresco is the second largest island in the Isles of Scilly and is privately owned. The island welcomes tourists throughout much of the year and is particularly famous for its sub-tropical gardens. While many of visitors travel to the island by helicopter others use inter-island tripper boats; all heavy cargo arrives at the quays by sea.

Beckett Rankine surveyed the significant quays on the island. The main quay at New Grimsby is a masonry blockwork structure with its deck remaining above water at all times. The Carn Near quay is a concrete landing that becomes submerged as the tide rises.

Click here to download an information sheet for this project.

For more information about a specific category, please click on one of the links below.

St Mary's Quay

The outer berth on the quay at St Mary's required reconstruction. It had been suffering from the combined effects of exposure to storm waves together with berthing of larger and more powerful ships than it had been designed for 100 years earlier. The masonry structure was showing significant movement, needing increased maintenance.

Beckett Rankine carried out a full design and prepared a specification and tender documents. We put the work out to tender to select the contractor and subsequently supervised the work and administered the contract. The project was completed on time and budget.

Click here to download an information sheet for this project.
For more information about a specific category, please click on one of the links below.

Syndicate content