SSAB has delivered steel piles to the Port of Gävle also before and the projects have been successful. Rover Maritime chose SSAB as a supplier because of the formerly proven good quality of steel piles and good service from SSAB. As the Spanish maritime company Rover Maritime is now entering also to Swedish market they wish to use already well-established products and companies with good reputation as business partners. SSAB’s solution for retaining walls, RD pile wall was highly recommended.
Rover Maritime is using its own machine RM20 for all the land drilling of the RD500/16 pile wall. The installation is fast and easy, the speed has been up to one pile for 30 - 45 minutes. There is also one subcontractor Veidekke operating at the job site. They are responsible for the drilling of the smaller pile sizes and for the drilling of the pile wall from the pontoon in the sea. In the beginning of June around 40 % of the project is now completed..
Job site is multicultural since there are personnel from different countries as Spain, Portugal and Sweden. Everyone is sharing the same mission, expanding the container terminal for growing future needs. The Spanish contractor, Rover Maritime, has encountered some challenges due to the Nordic winter conditions. “We are not used to for example the practice that the machines need water removal before standing still to prevent the water to freeze and damage the hoses. Also the frozen sea was something new for us to experience when we started the project last winter. We didn’t think that the ice could be that hard! There was one occasion when we dropped a concrete block down from the quay and were surprised that the ice didn’t even brake” says Moisés Louredo.