Significant milestone as final completion nears

Completion of the first phases of an £11.95 million quay extension at Lerwick Harbour’s deep-water Dales Voe Base has facilitated mobilisation of a large offshore construction vessel ahead of a contract offshore Canada.

Subsea 7’s 18,666 gross tonne, 146-metre long Seven Waves berthed earlier this week, the day after handover of the second phase of the quay to Lerwick Port Authority. Last week, the completed phase one was used for the first time, with the coaster Eendracht delivering kit for transfer to the construction vessel. Subsea 7 is a leading global contractor in seabed-to-surface engineering, construction and services to the offshore energy industry.

Captain Calum Grains, Lerwick Port Authority’s Harbourmaster and Deputy Chief Executive, said: “Seven Waves is an early harbinger of the type of work which the expanded Dales Voe Base, with its enormous capacity, quay strength, water depth and laydown space, is ideally suited for in supporting a wide range of offshore industry projects.

“Remaining infrastructure works are soon to be completed and the principal contractor, BAM Nuttall has delivered an excellent quality asset to the port.”

With the quay being extended by 75-metres to 130 metres, BAM Nuttall is expected to hand over the final phase three section around end-July.

Complementary works at the base, including reclamation, laydown yard and demolition of a redundant building, will continue until the autumn with local contractor, FL Johnston.

The Shetland port is a long-established and leading centre of support for the offshore industry in the northern North Sea and in the Atlantic to the west, including subsea development projects and decommissioning.

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