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Plain Sailing for Farrans at BAE Systems

13th February 2018

Another Farrans milestone was met last week on the BAE Systems Infrastructure Project with the completion of the truss install as part of the temporary cofferdam in the river.

The cofferdam is in place to hold the River Clyde back from the permeant wall reconfiguration which is due to begin this April.

The marine works are being installed by Farrans’ own barge, the Claude Monique, working alongside associated contractors. The 514T vessel has been used in a number of landmark projects for Farrans over the years, including the New Wear Crossing in Sunderland and D1 project at Belfast Harbour.

Last week’s operation involved carefully setting out 4 steel tubes in the River Clyde, with hangers welded under water to support 6 sections of truss on the two levels, each truss weighting between 16t to 26t!  Significant dock strengthening works also took place at both ends involving piling, rock anchors and ground improvement.

Farrans Contracts Manager at BAE Systems, Neil McDonald, said the team is delighted with the progress to date.

“This is a technically challenging project and we are pleased to have worked closely with our Client and subcontractors in order to meet the key programme dates,” Neil commented.

“Preparations are now underway for the next project milestone - completion of the sheet piles along the face and sealing the dock”.

The project is on schedule for completion in Spring 2020.