Aberdeen Harbour Board in Scotland has issued further contract awards to the value of approximately GBP4.3 million (USD5.6 million) in support of the South Harbour expansion project.

The awards cover the transfer of the remaining caissons – the 50 m-long blocks that will form the North Castlegate and East Dunnottar quays – from their current storage location in the Cromarty Firth through to their placement within the new harbour.

Several companies have been awarded work supporting the various elements of this part of the expansion project, including Ocean Kinetics, Caledonian Towage, Miller Plant, Ashleigh Contract and Leiths.

Michelle Handforth, chief executive of Aberdeen Harbour Board, commented: “Work onsite, and the procurement processes that support it, are progressing at pace now and we are pleased to be announcing these further contract awards. We expect that the first caisson transfer may take place shortly.”

The use of caissons in constructing the fixed quay elements of the new harbour, “provides the facilities with incredible heavy lift capacity, and significantly reduces the amount of concrete required in the construction of the harbour”, said project engineering director Keith Young.