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Berth 4/5 Replacement Project Tender

In January 2020 Thanet District Council issued an invitation to tender for the replacement of a berth (Berth 4/5) at the Port of Ramsgate. It was advertised on the following  platforms:

This follows a 2019 contract for a consultant to scope design options and draft the specification for works to Berth 4/5 – see previous Q&A here

The tender is for the replacement of the existing berth 4/5 (aggregate berth) at the Port of Ramsgate. This berth has reached the end of its working life.

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No, this project is being progressed as part of the council’s contractual obligation to provide a serviceable berth for Brett Aggregates.

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The present budget is £1.5m which includes design and construction costs.

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The project will involve the reuse of one of the two pontoons that are currently moored in the Royal Harbour at Ramsgate. 

The second pontoon owned by BAM Nuttall Ltd at the harbour is not connected with this project. Its continued presence in the harbour is by decision of the owner and while it is there it is accommodated by the council on a commercial basis.

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Contract Notices were published by Thanet District Council on the following platforms:

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The procurement is being conducted under the open procedure as per the Public Contracts Regulations 2015.

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The minimum time frame is indicated below, this is indicative only:

  • Tender Notice published Friday 24 January 2020
  • Tender opportunity published Friday 24 January 2020
  • Tender return date Thursday 27 February 2020
  • Contract award Tuesday 31 March 2020
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The project to replace berth 4/5 at the Port of Ramsgate has been delayed until 2021. This is because the council as the Local Planning Authority has determined that an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is needed in relation to the replacement of the berth. The installation of the proposed berth is now planned to start in October 2021. The berth work is programmed to be complete in January 2022.

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The berth has required significant maintenance over the last year to keep it in service and it suffered damage during the high winds and rough seas at the end of October 2020. It was no longer possible to maintain the berth in service and the decision to continue with the planned decommissioning was made.

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Yes, the most recent condition survey by an external engineering consultant was undertaken at the end of August 2019 (with a final report issued in November 2019). The external report concluded that the berth was in a poor condition and at the end of its design life. Increased maintenance has taken place over the past 12 months to keep the berth in service but it was not viable to continue on this basis through the coming winter months.

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