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Double Cone Fender Systems at Victoria 2 Terminal for Belfast – Liverpool route

 

The next generation of ferry travel, Stena Line’s new E-Flexer ships, are now operating on the popular Belfast to Liverpool route. An upgrade of Victoria Terminal at Belfast Harbor by Graham Construction  enables the port to handle these modern RoRo ferries with 215m length and a capacity of 120 cars and 1,000 passengers. The E-Flexer ships are the most sustainable vessels operating in the Irish Sea.

The £15m investment is part of Belfast Harbor’s long term investment strategy to landside capacity and port infrastructure. ShibataFenderTeam delivered the fenders for the new berth which includes a new access ramp to accommodate the larger vessels. 7 sets of Double Cone Fenders with different fender sizes had been installed. The steel panels also vary in sizes from 2m to more than 9m in lengths.

The specification required high capacity cone fenders and that all steelwork and welding is carried out in accordance with Execution Class 2 (EXC2) as per EN1090 (EU standard for structural steel and aluminum). A 3rd party testing on the rubber batch materials was required as well and had been performed satisfactory. Testing rubber batch material is an important quality control step before starting to manufacture the fender. The process refers to the testing of rubber samples cut from the finalized rubber sheet. The rubber sample is tested on physical properties to see if it meets international standards.

 

The new Victoria 2 Terminal proofs the future-oriented focus of Belfast Harbor to provide best-in-class ferry facilities. ShibataFenderTeam is proud to be a part of this project. (#4143)

 

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