Cirkewwa Terminal – Quality Control and Assurance

Cirkewwa Terminal – Quality Control and Assurance

Through the award of the tender for project management services for the Cirkewwa Passenger Ferry Terminal, Terracore undertook the contract administration of one of the most identifiable national projects in progress at the moment, directly funded by European Cohesion Funds.  

Works commenced in earnest in March 2011 and are expected to finish at the end of 2012. With an estimated cost of Euro 10.4million excluding VAT, this project  tests Terracore’s ability to manage and deliver the project on budget, in time, safely and according to the projects’ technical specifications.

In their role as Supervisor, Terracore are engaged in applying a stringent Quality Control and Assurance regime, through spot laboratory testing and thorough site checks to ensure that the quality of utilised materials and workmanship are as expected.

Works are divided into a number of package contracts covering:

  • Works for Temporary passenger accommodation
  • Dredging of seabed next to Berth No. 3 to accommodate vessels;
  • Construction of Terminal Building, ancillary buildings and all external works including the construction of a terminal building on pile foundations; infrastructure and all utility services, refurbishment works to the South Quay and construction of a new passenger shelter constructed nearby
  • M&E services to buildings and all external areas; vertical transportation; photovoltaic and wind turbine renewable energy generation systems;
  • Finishes to buildings internally and externally and all external areas;
  • Construction of ship-to-shore Link-span and other miscellaneous items.
  • Testing of piles using the SIMBAT Method

The project incorporates earthworks, piling works, concrete and masonry construction, steel construction, building finishes, HVAC and utility services together with road works and landscaping.

The terminal building itself shall consist of a passenger holding area for circa 800 passengers. This holding area shall be connected to the elevated walkway by means of escalators, stairs and lifts. Moreover, the technical characteristics of the Cirkewwa port facility will be extended with the addition of Berth number 3 to supplement Berths 1 and 2. In addition, improvements to the unprotected South Quay Berth should make use of this berth safer and more amenable.

Around 2,000,000 passengers and 1,000,000 vehicles cross back and forth from Malta to Gozo per annum.

Throughout the duration of the project, Terracore continuously liaise with the various appointed consultants, including the project architects and civil engineers, the mechanical and electrical works consultants, the linkspan consultants and other consultants in the tendering and contracting of works and services, successful and timely implementation of the project works and activities, and project closure.