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East Cowes Layby Berth, Isle of Wight

Client: Red Funnel

Contractor: Red7Marine

Consultant: Ramboll

May 2019 saw the introduction of Red Funnel’s first ever freight only ferry in its 160 year history, the Red Kestrel. To avoid interference with the ferry company’s regular passenger service at East Cowes, a brand new island layby berth adjacent to the Ro-Ro terminal has been built for the freight ferry to wait until access for unloading becomes available.

The berth consists of 3 berthing dolphins, each with twin 900mm cones, 7m x 2.5m frontal panels and D-fender end protection. Additionally there are 2 monopiles with Ø2.4m x 3.4m donuts. As it is an island berth without connection to the shore, the donuts each incorporate an integral 200kN mooring system which can be accessed from the vessel. This effectively provides a floating mooring for attachment and release by the ferry’s crew.

Ship2Shore designed all systems and developed the cone in collaboration with production partner Bencros. Due to expediency of production, all components and systems were manufactured in Europe.