Cemex supports Port of Tilbury with essential maintenance dredging campaign

Cemex has utilised the dredging expertise of its UK Marine team to support the Port of Tilbury with essential dredging to the working berths along the River Thames.
Ancillary Equipment / April 17, 2024
By Guy Woodford
Cemex's UK Marine team is supporting the Port of Tilbury with essential working berth dredging along the River Thames. Pic: Cemex

The work carried out by the Cemex team has helped to ensure that the berths are maintained to their designated depths in order to ensure that vessels from barges to 100,000-tonne ships can access the quayside.

The Port of Tilbury is one of the UK’s largest ports and is located just 22 nautical miles east of central London with 56 operational berths, 31 independent working terminals, 10.2km of quay and 5 million square foot of warehouse space.

The Port of Tilbury is the closest port to the City of London and has an annual throughput of 16 million tonnes, with goods estimated to value around £8.7 billion. This makes it the largest port on the Thames and, therefore, essential for the continued supply of materials via shipment in and out of London.

The Port of Tilbury initially teamed up with the Cemex UK Marine team to explore whether the Cemex team would be able to support their requirements to dredge the Tilbury2 berth to a depth of 15 metres within the capabilities of its current fleet. Using the charter vessel MV Reimerswaal, a 130-metre-long hopper dredger that can carry nearly 7,500 tonnes of materials, Cemex was able to carry out the work.

As a regular visitor to the River Thames and using the Masters Pilot exception certificate, the team could adapt the Reimerswaal’s usual schedule to undertake this project, allowing the work to be completed successfully, on time, on budget and to the port’s specification.

The Cemex team worked closely with the Port of London Authority’s Hydrographic department, who produced daily bathymetric pre and post dredge surveys. This allowed Cemex to fully understand the progress of the work completed against the project’s requirements.

Over the course of five days, the vessel successfully extracted over 20,000m3 of spoil from the berth, and disposed of it at an approved site, 40 miles outside of the Thames estuary.

Chris Grosscurth, Commercial and Logistics Manager for Cemex Marine, said: “The project was a huge success and opens up many other opportunities for Cemex Marine, complementing our normal Aggregate delivery work.”

Adam Montgomery, Harbourmaster/Asset Manager Marine at the Port of Tilbury, said: “Dredging maintenance is an essential part of our business, helping to ensure that we are accessible to the wide range of vessels calling at the riverside berths at the Port of Tilbury. Working with the Cemex team was seamless, their knowledge and experience was invaluable to ensuring that this operation was carried out successfully again this year.”

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