Port of Blyth Northumberland Commences Testing SWL of Bollards

K3 copyA severe collision caused by a vehicle resulted in a ‘Do Not Use’ sign being placed upon a quayside bollard.

The Port of Blyth responsibly decided that even though there were no visible signs of damage to the bollard or surrounding structure, now there was available an easily deployable, practical and safe way of testing bollards, they would have the bollard checked.

Simulating vessel mooring lines and testing from 0 to 20 degrees using the new Patent Pending Bollard Load Testing equipment and Roller Kickers, resulted in the bollard having its  ‘Do Not Use’ sign placed upon it removed, and the Port of Blyth restored confidence that at the time of the test, the bollard met its Safe Working Load of 40 tonne, with no sign of structural defect to either the bollard or surrounding structure.