Fibrwrap UK secures further BAE Systems jetty works | 30/06/2015
Hull-based specialist contractor Fibrwrap UK is set to begin strengthening works on a jetty in Gosport on behalf of BAE Systems.
This latest contract has strengthened Fibrwrap UK’s association with the global aerospace and defence specialist having delivered a similar project at HM Naval Base Portsmouth.
Fibrwrap UK’s six-strong team will be onsite for 11 weeks to carryout concrete repairs and carbon fibre strengthening to the 12 concrete columns that hold up the centre of the 120m long jetty.
The works have been commissioned by BAE Systems as part of a larger programme to install a new Vessel Traffic Management System to assist in the controlling and monitoring of all ship movements within Portsmouth Harbour and the Eastern Solent.
Jamie Dempster, Manager Director UK at Fibrwrap UK, said: “We are delighted to have been asked to carry out these works for BAE Systems following our successful completion of a project to strengthen a wooden boat launch jetty at Portsmouth Naval Base in 2013.
“Once again, this will be an extremely challenging project due to the very small tidal windows during which the works will need to be delivered. Our team will have to work outside of normal working hours to ensure the works are delivered safely and to deadline.
“Unlike at Portsmouth Naval Base, where the jetty is made of timber, the jetty at Gosport is concrete so our highly-trained engineers will utilise their expertise to ensure there is no environmental damage caused during the works.”
Encasing them in Fibrwrap UK’s innovative Carbon Fibre Strengthening System will strengthen the columns of the concrete jetty, which is vital to the operations at the port.
Fibrwrap’s team of highly-skilled technicians is carrying out concrete repairs and providing additional strength to the main pier columns directly under the location of the new radar tower. Finally a third coating of Fibrwrap’s unique marine epoxy will provide extra protection to the piles for many years to come.