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VolkerStevin completes Mare Harbour upgrades

14th February 2018 - 08:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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VolkerStevin has completed work to upgrade the Mare Harbour jetty in the Falkland Islands, the UK Ministry of Defence announced on 8 February.

The improvements to the roll-on roll-off (RoRo) jetty - part of a £19 million contract awarded to VolkerStevin -will help improve military capability in the Falkland Islands.

The new jetty will enable larger 20,000 tonne Point Class vessels to berth in the harbour, delivering military supplies such as hardware, food, building materials and commercial freight needed on the Islands.

Besides improvements to the jetty, the company has also replaced walkways along the berth, and installed lighting improvements, capstans and a PA system. Firefighting capabilities have been also been upgraded.

The £19 million contract to VolkerStevin is part of a £180 million overall investment by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation over the next ten years to improve the facilities on the Islands. Improvements to the power station at Mount Pleasant Complex will be carried out and new services accommodation at the three Remote Radar Heads on the Islands will be built.

Commander Bill Dawson, Queen’s Harbour Master, East Cove Port, said: ‘Improving our RoRo facility here has been vitally important, and allows us to safely berth the much larger vessels needed to sustain our military capability here in the Falkland Islands.'

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