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PORT PILING

Foundation contractor Clugston Construction recently completed a logistically difficult piling contract for a new wharf at Port Clarence on the River Tees.

The firm, working for client Bitmac, installed 168,500mm diameter piles between 21m and 25.5m to support the new 190m by 10m concrete deck which will allow large ships to be loaded in the harbour.

Normal loading and unloading operations continued throughout the contract, which meant piling had to be suspended and the site cleared at short notice.

These activities were also weather dependent as the client's products are volatile substances such as naphthalene and pitch.

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