Farrans in upgrade contract at Port of Liverpool
A Belfast construction company has been signed up for work on a massive upgrade at the Port of Liverpool.
Farrans is to carry out site investigation and design work at Gladstone Lock and the container terminal quayside with a view to scooping a £9m contract for the actual improvements.
Peel Ports hopes that the improvements will increase efficiency for the transit of vessels within Seaforth Dock at the port.
The work includes new fendering around the Gladstone Lock port entry and a re-ordering of quayside activities adjacent to the Royal Seaforth Container Terminal, including the construction of a new quay wall.
The work comes ahead of the launch of the port's deep water container terminal 'Liverpool2' which will double the port's current container capacity and see some of the world's largest vessels call directly at Liverpool when it opens for business in 2015.
Douglas Coleman, programme director for Peel Ports, sang the praises of the local company.
"The Farrans Construction proposals represented a technically robust solution to an extremely challenging and complex project," he said.
Farrans director Kevin Corley added that the company is clinching significant work outside of Northern Ireland because of their competitive tendering.
"We don't want to say too much about the project yet as it is still very early days and we are still in the preliminary stages," he said.
"It is very competitive out there but Northern Ireland companies have a reputation for delivering quality work."
Back home, Farrans built the first purpose-built offshore wind installation and pre-assembly harbour in the UK or Ireland. The project took 15 months, one million tonnes of stones and 30,000 tonnes of concrete to complete.