Foynes Harbour, West Jetty, Limerick

  • Client: Shannon Foynes Port Company Limited
  • Value(€ million): 12
  • Value($ million): 16
  • Completion date: 2001
  • PUNCH services: Civil, Structural, Marine, Project Management

Based on pre-feasibility study, PUNCH Consulting Engineers initiated a preliminary design review that led to the sequence and the extent of the works.  The first step was to set up a flow model of the port and carry out situation monitoring prior to completing navigation to determine the best option for new approaches to upgraded berths.  The new jetty construction works were then constructed as a single contract including all ancillary works.  The conceptual engineering design for the new jetty concentrated on the extension of the existing West Jetty eastwards for a distance of 164.0m and upgrading of the existing 106.0m jetty.  Following extensive studies and site investigation, PUNCH concluded that the existing structure was to be disregarded as a permanent structural support in any new scheme.  The works were then completed with a separate dredging contract.

PUNCH Consulting Engineers were the Project Managers, Structural and Civil engineers for the development of the West Jetty in Foynes Port, Limerick.  The port has traditionally been a commercial port to all sea-going vessels wishing to service the west coast of Ireland.  Over the years it has grown such that in the early nineties, Foynes Harbour Trustees recognized the need to develop a modern deepwater facility capable of handling vessels up to Panamax size.  Planning permission for the works was issued in January 1997, which included new jetty facilities, dredging and provision of port related infrastructure.

PUNCH used their multi-disciplinary skills on this project to provide the most economical solution for our client.  With a broad base of experience to draw on, the varied and complex issues on this site were successfully resolved to provide this international standard facility on the south west coast of Ireland.

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