Possible Tidal Powered Port

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Possible Tidal Powered Port

The prospect of a new 1.5m teu deepsea container terminal in the centre of the UK’s east coast is garnering interest from ocean carriers and shortsea services looking for more sustainable port operations.During peaks in demand, the UK’s existing container hubs struggle to cope with larger-than-normal exchanges. In addition, this years industrial action at the ports of Felixstowe and Liverpool, with prolonged strikes at the latter, has relegated the UK market to an outport status during heavy congestion periods.

Now Centre Port Holdings are leading a proposal announcing the first stages of a tidal energy scheme incorporating a deepsea container terminal in The Wash, in the north-west corner of East Anglia.

The £2bn ($2.4bn) project would include building a hydro-electric structure across the mouth of The Wash to capture the incoming and outgoing tides twice a day, providing energy for the terminal and, it is claimed, up to 600,000 homes and businesses in the region.

Phase 1 of the new box terminal would involve construction of a quay and landside area capable of handling up to 1.5m teu a year and berthing two ULCVs simultaneously, in addition to a feeder or coastal vessel.

The facility would be served by 10 ship-to-shore gantry cranes, including quad-lift cranes capable of picking up four 20 ft or two 40 ft boxes in one lift.

Phase 2 would take capacity to 2.6m teu, and Phase 2a to 4m teu a year.

It is proposed that, as well as the construction of new journey-shortening access roads, the terminal would be served by a rail facility linking into the Skegness to Birmingham rail line and carrying up to 40% of the container traffic.

Additionally, Centre Port says, the hydro-electric structure would act as a flood defence against exceptional tides flooding low-lying agricultural land and the population of some 1m in the region, a result of the impact of climate change.

The scheme is now seeking to raise £8m for the two-year feasibility study.

You can view the project here.

Source – The Loadstar / centreport.uk