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"Trelleborg announces Port of Hull plays pivotal role in unique pipeline project

Wednesday, Nov 13, 2013

Vital components for a pioneering engineering project, that will see 75 billion cubic metres of fresh water delivered to Northern Cyprus each year from the Mersin province in southern Turkey, are making their way to the Mediterranean via the Port of Hull.

The project is so unusual that it is to become the subject of a documentary for the National Geographic Channel.

The Northern Cyprus Water Supply Project will deliver much-needed drinking and irrigation water to the north of the island, where supplies are currently dwindling due to inadequate rainfall. However, because the line will cross one of the deepest parts of the Mediterranean, where water pressure crushes anything manmade on the seabed, the project has called for an innovative engineering approach.

Innovative solution

Instead of placing the pipeline along the bed some 1,400 metres below the surface, engineers have opted to use a more innovative solution – a suspended pipe. Held up by huge buoys to keep the line afloat at a depth of 250 metres, the pipe will not be affected by water pressure or interfere with shipping movements.

Gareth Russell, ABP Business Development Manager Humber, feels this shipment highlights the versatility of the Humber ports.

He said: “It’s very exciting to see a cargo as significant as this pass through the Port of Hull. It really does demonstrate the versatility and flexibility of our facilities and shows that we are well placed to handle a wide variety of products. We’ll be watching how this particular project progresses with interest.”

First of its kind

The buoys were manufactured by Trelleborg’s offshore operation, a leading global manufacturer of polymer and syntactic foam-based solutions, at its manufacturing facility in Skelmersdale, England.

Alan Burgess, Managing Director within Trelleborg Offshore and Construction, commented: “This pipeline is the first of its kind, and as such, this has been a really exciting project to be involved with. Naturally, with such a prestigious and novel project, a reliable and high performance solution was essential to ensure the safe floatation and guaranteed performance of the pipe.

“Our modular buoys guarantee that the pipe is protected from impact or damage, while retaining its subsea position to ensure that the vital flow of water makes its journey from Turkey to Cyprus uninterrupted.”

Following manufacture, the task of moving the buoys was placed with Hemisphere Freight Services Ltd, an independent UK 3PL provider which fulfills logistics services for Trelleborg in Skelmersdale, including project shipping such as this. Hemisphere sourced the solution with Grange Shipping and its principal Normed International BV. The option was the most effective in terms of logistics costs, convenience and safety.

Minimal handling of the buoyancy modules as well as a fast direct transit was achieved by chartering a vessel into the Port of Hull and sailing direct to Tasucu.


Humber-based shipping and logistics company, Global Shipping Services, received and loaded the buoys in Hull and the company was pleased to be involved in the handling of cargo destined for such a high-profile project.

Operations Director, Peter Waud, said: “We were delighted to work with our partners to ensure their products arrived in Turkey in pristine condition and once again we showed that we can provide a first-class service within the Stevedoring Sector.”

The whole project will include the construction of dams and reservoirs in both Turkey and Cyprus, as well as onshore and offshore pipelines, and is expected to cost the Turkish Government around 782 million Turkish Lira (approximately $430 million). The first phase of construction, the completion of the Alaköprü Dam in Anamur, Mersin Province, is scheduled for March 2014."

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