Contractors have floated a giant precast concrete pontoon from Paillon dry dock on the River Wear 3.2km downstream for final fitting out. The pontoon will be floated to the River Humber on the next spring tide, later this month. The 40m wide, 75m long and 6.4m high structure will form part of the roll-on roll-off Humber Sea terminal which is due to open in July. Once in place, the pontoon will provide the only two deep water berths on the south bank of the Humber and will accommodate ships up to 35,000t dead weight. The pontoon was designed by consultant Babtie and built by contractor Nuttall. Terminal project manager is Simon Carves.