Wallsend Yard Facilities
The Wallsend shipyard that is now owned by North Tyneside Council and One NorthEast is located on the North bank of the river Tyne. The yard covers an area of 40 acres and incorporates spacious outside erection areas, a specially built tidal basin, a heavy duty loadout quay for structures of up to 10,000 tons in weight and boasts an impressive river frontage of over 800 metres providing simultaneous deepwater berthing for several vessels at any one time. A fabrication hall is available for construction of offshore structures and marine equipment or to provide undercover storage for same. Swan Hunter is able to offer use of these facilities on behalf of the Owners on monthly or yearly terms in the coming few years.
Our personnel have been involved in the decommissioning of offshore platforms and structures since 1996 when Swan Hunter undertook decommissioning and disposal of several jackets, bridges and decks on the Conoco Viking A project. The project was undertaken with due regard for all safety and environmental aspects associated with such a scope and the company achieved a level of 99% for recycling or reuse of the platforms. Components for decommissioning, weighing over 9,500 tons in total, were lifted onto sea-going cargo barges offshore by a large crane vessel, seafastened and transported to land, then offloaded onto the heavy duty quayside for professional decontamination, dismantling and reclamation.
The site currently has all the relevant licenses for the execution of dismantling of offshore structures in a safe and environmentally friendly manner and can be available for leasing by decommissioning contractors and similar companies for their dismantling projects.