Felixstowe is awaiting re-approval of plans for extending its quay, giving it 900m deep sea berthing and 35ha of extra freight handling yard. Work would involve land reclamation, construction of new quay walls reinforced to bear the largest of Hutchison's rail mounted gantries, and paving. Estimated value: £300M.
The expansion will facilitate construction of a third rail freight terminal stemming from the existing Felixstowe line branch spur. A provisional budget of £750M has been earmarked for the project, which could go ahead within the next 12 months.
The Port of Felixstowe is currently inviting expressions of interest for both parts of the project.
A paper products terminal on the Thames estuary at Deptford is in the pipeline, Steele reports. The venture, involving 500,000m2 land reclamation, construction of a 400m quay and 300,000ft2 of warehousing is forecast tocost £45M. Costain, Amec, Nuttall and a joint venture between Jackson Civil Engineering and Christiani & Nielsen have been shortlisted.
Hutchison and roll-on roll-off giant Foest are planning a £45M terminal at Harwich for a new generation of double-decker ro-ro ships.
Keep an eye on Thamesport, industry experts advise: throughput has doubled in the last two years. Bathside Bay has planning consent for port development and could deliver Hutchison extra capacity adjacent to Felixstowe. Hutchison is also tipped as most likely developer for ports at Shell Island and the Isle of Grain.
China is experiencing a boom in container traffic. Hutchison is planning massive infrastructure investment to provide improved deep sea berthing and inland depots.
Hutchison Port Holdings is one of three firms negotiating with Indian port company Cochin Port Trust for the £110M development of hub port facilities at Cochin.
Favoured contractors: Costain, Birse, Jackson Civil Engineering, RG Carter, Willmott Dixon, Amec, Nuttall, Christiani & Nielsen.
... and consultants: Mott MacDonald, Robert West, Richard Jackson, Halcrow, Babtie, MLM, WS Atkins.