PORT Handling company JST Floating Piers is investing in a bespoke linkspan bridge to support export shipping of roundwood timber.

JST has commissioned the new bridge as part of a floating pier which will be transported by sea to its final location in north-west Scotland.

The new floating pier will result in the modal shift of a large volume of logs from a road- to a sea-based transport system, taking timber trucks off a fragile road network. The bridge will let JST efficiently transport the harvested timber from the shoreline out onto the floating pier before final loading into coastal ships.

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The linkspan bridge will be 40 metres in length and weigh 120 tonnes. Its design and fabrication will be carried out by Dales Marine Services in collaboration with T12 Consultancy.

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Andrew Malcolm, BD manager, Dales Marine Services, said: “This is a fantastic order for the group. The new bridge is to be built in-house at both our Greenock and Aberdeen facilities. It will showcase the company’s outstanding fabrication skills.”

Graham Melroy, partner at T12 Consultancy, said: “The success of securing this contract is a great example of T12’s engineering-on-demand services. We will be working closely with Dales Marine Services on the design and project management of this new bridge.”

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