Graham completes £15m terminal for Belfast Harbour in Northern Ireland


UK-based civil engineering contractor Graham has completed a new £15m Victoria Terminal 2 (VT2) for Belfast Harbour in Northern Ireland.

The existing ferry terminal, which services the Belfast-Birkenhead route, has been rehabilitated to handle the next generation of modern Roll-On / Roll-Off (RoRo) ferry vessels, Stena Line’s new E-Flexer series ships.

The work involved the installation of a new double-deck linkspan that allows vehicles to be loaded or discharged simultaneously over two decks of the ferry.

The project will allow the Stena Line to increase the capacity, reduce turnaround times, improve customers’ experience as well as enhance connectivity to one of Northern Ireland’s key markets.

The company has also built new berthing infrastructure such as dolphins, walkways and automatic mooring system, and a new approach ramp to the linkspan upper deck as part of the project.

The team has also designed and fabricated a piling gate which was used on a floating crane barge on-site to increase the efficiency of piling operations during the project.

The materials for the work on the project have been obtained from the local supply chain and Graham has also recruited a new engineering apprentice to work on the project.

The project forms part of Belfast Harbour’s long-term investment strategy in Port infrastructure and futureproofs Belfast’s ferry facilities.

Belfast Harbour operations director Trevor Anderson said: “The upgrade of the Victoria Terminal 2 ferry terminal represents another significant investment by Belfast Harbour in Northern Ireland’s transport infrastructure and will provide world-class facilities for Northern Ireland’s importers and exporters.

“The project is an important step in our ambition to become the World’s Best Regional Port. By supporting the introduction of larger vessels the investment also futureproofs Belfast Harbour’s ferry facilities and strengthens our long-term partnership with Stena Line.”


Graham completes £15m terminal for Belfast Harbour in Northern Ireland. (Credit: GRAHAM Group.)  

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