Lowestoft pipe sustainability project underway

10 Oct 2017
Giant pipes at Lowestoft

The pipes are up to 290m long each

Giant industrial pipes are being reprocessed at the UK’s Port of Lowestoft as part of a sustainability project.

Since arriving at the port last month, the seven large polyethylene pipes, in lengths of up to 290m each, have been the focus of efforts by ABP-managed Lowestoft, salvors and the Environment Agency to agree a sustainable reprocessing method which allows the pipes to be safely cut into 12m lengths.

Andrew Harston, ABP short sea ports director, said: “It is fantastic that we have managed to step in and support this reprocessing project and we look forward to working with all parties involved to ensure that operations run smoothly and leave a minimal impact on the environment.”

Destined for Norway

As part of the operation, cut sections of pipe will be lifted from Lake Lothing, beside the port, onto the port’s quays for storage.

According to the Eastern Daily Press, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency confirmed the pipes would be towed to Norway, where Pipelife manufactured the pipes.

The pipes were rescued following an incident on 19 July, which involved a collision between an Icelandic shipping container and a tug boat in the Dover Straits.

The incident damaged the pipes near the mid-point causing a series of failures in the tow bridle connections and a number of pipes were washed up on the East Coast.

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