The Able Group has completed a £6 million ($8 million USD) upgrade and dredging at the Able Seaton Port facility on the River Tees to better position itself as a leader in off-shore recycling. The renovation enabled the port to win a contract to decommission the 24,000 ton Brent Delta.
The dredging work gives the port an absolute minimum of 9.5 meters (31.2 feet) of water in the Seaton Channel and the Holding Basin, a depth that is further increased to up to 15 meters (49 feet) depending on the tide cycle. Quays 10 and 11 have been dredged to similar levels providing for a water depth of up to 20 meters (66 feet). Vessels can now access the port any time of day.
Able Seaton can accommodate marine decommissioning, offshore wind installation and large-scale cargo handling.