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Award for Albany Port

THE Albany Port Authority earlier this month won the prestigious national Lloyds port of the year award for 2006. The 2006 award was specifically focused on innovation and the judges were looking for projects where a bold approach had been taken to an opportunity or problem. Recognition for Albany was accorded for a highly innovative method of berth restoration. The method, which offers environmental and safety benefits, is a new way of restoring load bearing degraded concrete piles. Albany Port Authority chairman Alan Birchmore said the port was facing a significant problem three years ago. “The oldest berths were significantly degraded, and estimates of up to $35 million were quoted for repairs,” he said. “The structures were of limited use and the port was faced with the threat of losing valuable assets and future trade over the berths. Another answer had to be found and an innovative method of restoring the berths and developing in-house expertise to carry out the work was developed. Restoration will be achieved at less than 20 per cent of the first estimates received.” The berth restoration will take up to seven years to complete.

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