Key Projects | HMS Ocean

Project Scope

In June 2012, The Ministery of Defence approached Keltbray Environmental to provide logistical support for their three month stationing in Greenwich. The main operation was to supply the HMS Ocean vessel with a fresh water supply for the duration of the stay.
The ship was moored at Greenwich operated as a base for Royal Navy and Army Air Corps Lynx helicopters. The water supply pipe had to be connected on shore to carry nearly 7,000 cubic metres of drinking water to the 1,200 military personnel on board.
In addition Keltbray provided an operations hub at Thames Wharf, Keltbray's deep water wharf in Silvertown, where Royal Navy landing craft collected food and supplies throughout their stay.


Project Challenge and Solutions

The major issues with the pipe installation were the tidal movements  of the Thames combined with the lateral movements of the ship, which would have put the rigid barrier pipe under considerable stresses and strains. The final design for the pipe took this into account by ensuring the pipe had a gentle rise over 100m to ensure the forced were acting over a larger distance and the flexibility of the pipe was able to withstand the deflections. Keltbray Environmental’s operational support and fresh water supply proved highly successful and cost effective for the client.
  • Facts
  • Client : MOD
  • Location : London
  • Value : £500,000
  • Scope : Provision of fresh water pipeline from shore to ship, Logistics, Lifting and Transportation of ship supplies.