600 tons of steel for ramps at Northern Harbour

The first vessel berthed at the new RoRo terminal in Northern Harbour at the end of October. However, this was not a vessel on a commercial run but one transporting the steel ramps for the ferry berths at the terminal in Malmö.

The steel sections for the moving parts of the ramp were built in China before being shipped to Sweden and Northern Harbour, where they will soon be installed. There are actually six different ramp sections, with the largest measuring several hundred square metres.

“Installation work is well under way, and we will have a team of around 15 people working on this during the coming weeks. Installation is expected to be complete at the beginning of January,” explains Leif Nordholm, CMP's Construction Manager in Malmö.

Several different ramps
The ramps are being installed at two permanent ferry berths on either side of the RoRo terminal pier. This means that two vessels can be loaded or unloaded at the same time. Each ferry berth will have a ramp at ground level so that lorries and other vehicles can roll on and off vessels.

“However, there will also be raised ramps, making it possible to load and unload another deck of the vessel,” says Leif. “In this case, the approach ramp will be made of concrete, while the moving parts will be made of steel – these are being installed at the moment.”

In all, the ramps contain approximately 600 tons of steel. Once installation is complete, work will start to fine-tune their operation. This is when testing begins of the control technology at the ferry berths. Attention will then turn to streamlining the process of loading and unloading the RoRo ferries. The terminals will be operational from April 2011.
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