For the Peel Ports Term Maintenance Contract, Boskalis Westminster Limited (BWL) provided maintenance dredging services for all of the Peel Ports facilities in the Northwest of England and Scotland. This entailed the surveying and dredging of the Manchester Ship Canal (MSC) from the approaches to Eastham Locks to Trafford Road Bridge in Manchester Docks including Queen Elizabeth Oil Dock; Liverpool Approach Channel and Docks; Heysham Approach Channel, Harbour Entrance and inner Harbour; River Clyde from Greenock to Glasgow.
Originally a three year contract with an option for another two, this contract was developed by Peel Ports in conjunction with BWL as a follow on from the previous two ten-year Term contracts executed by BWL for the maintenance dredging of the Manchester Ship Canal, long term maintenance operations in Heysham and on the Clyde as a result of Peel Ports taking ownership of Mersey Dock and Harbour Company (MDHC).
While originally designed to be campaign based the contract was developed to better suit the client’s individual port requirements with more reliance on BWL’s knowledge of the individual ports such as MSC and Heysham; a continued campaign based strategy for Clydeport and Liverpool Approach Channel and targeted maintenance dredging based on Peel Ports’ marketing requirements and priorities for Liverpool Docks.
The vessels were deployed as and when required to suit the operational needs of each individual port. Operational information, knowledge and experience gained through the historical contracts was utilised to maximise production.