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Workers ‘going the extra mile’ to get Heritage Wharf ready

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With just three days to go before the arrival of the

Norwegian Breakaway, inclement weather continues to hamper progress on the Heritage Wharf project Public Works Minister Trevor Moniz reported yesterday.

In the final update on the project before the mega ship’s arrival, Mr Moniz noted that the southern dolphin (mooring structure) is scheduled for completion on time.

But workers are playing catch-up with the northern dolphin, which has been impacted by project delays.

And the mooring dolphins will be completed after the arrival of the

Norwegian Breakaway, he said.

“This week we have transported the precast beams to the wharf and set them in place, again we have been hampered by the weather with winds gusting in excess of 30 knots for two days and a lightning storm on Friday slowing progress.

“However, despite the difficulties we have again been working into the night to make up for lost time,” Mr Moniz said.

“The workers have been making every effort, going the extra mile to ensure the Heritage Wharf project is completed on schedule by Wednesday, May 15 and technical staff have been providing around the clock support.”

The Minister continued: “The Government Quarry staff have also helped out, supplying materials to the site when local commercial supplies have run low and Ministry of Public Works electricians have been working on site for the last few days making this a full team effort.”

The final pour of concrete for the southern dolphin will start tomorrow, and will be completed before the arrival of the

Norwegian Breakaway, according to the update.

“The northern dolphin is now the centre of our concentrated efforts.

“The piles are all concrete filled, the bottom mat of reinforcement placed and shutters made up. We are pressing hard to have this structure completed in time for the ships arrival,” the Minister said.

Meanwhile workers are cleaning up the site to make its secure for the cruise ship passengers.

“We will be pleased to see the

Norwegian Breakaway alongside the dock on Wednesday and plan to allow the site staff a break for a few days to regroup and perhaps see their families,” Minister Moniz said.

“After the

Breakaway’s first visit is completed we will remove all of our temporary works from the main wharf area and move on to construction of the mooring dolphins.

“These dolphins are not as critical as the breasting dolphins and because they do not rest against the hull of the ship we are able to construct them during the cruise ship season.

“We will of course be slightly restricted in our working practices not wishing the high noise activities to disturb the visitors, however this is simply a matter of managing our works accordingly.”

Vehicle traffic will be restricted at Heritage Wharf on Wednesday from 7am and continue to approximately 1pm, with no access to the entrance to Heritage Wharf Ground Transport Area and no parking except at the Clocktower shopping mall.

“While the Ministry acknowledges that the inaugural voyage of the

Norwegian Breakaway to Bermuda will likely be of great public interest, the Ministry is encouraging those pedestrians who wish to view the arrival of the new mega cruise ship, to walk to the entrance Heritage Wharf from the Clocktower Shopping Mall.”

Bolstering the pier: A construction crew works on improvements to Heritage Wharf. (Photo by Akil Simmons)
Public Works Minister Trevor Moniz

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Published May 13, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated May 13, 2013 at 3:49 pm)

Workers ‘going the extra mile’ to get Heritage Wharf ready

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