Seaton Port - Able

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About Seaton Port - Able

Able Seaton Port (ASP) is located on the East Coast of the UK, on the River Tees. The port offers 51 ha (126 acres) with over 791m of quay access and the largest Dry Dock in Europe, (20 football pitches / 100 olympic swimming pools). The port has handled numerous major projects including the recycling of the French "Le Clemenceau" Aircraft Carrier and four vessels from the US MARAD fleet. ENSCO, Petrofac and Transocean use this facility for maintenance and upgrades of their vessels. The port features specialist quays with significant load capacity. Quays 10/11 (306m) have 38 tonnne/m2 load capacity with patch load capacity of 60 tonne/m2 on 25m of quay. The Port is over 2km away from residential areas and has no operational restrictions. Ideally located for North Sea wind farm zones. An easily accessible workforce with the relevant skills is available within the local catchment area.

ASP can facilitate the following jobs: Heavy lift vessels - repair / maintenance and upgrades, Construction and Maintenance of Super Lift Vessels, Commercial Ship Repair, Gravity Based Foundations for Offshore Wind (construction and recycling), Oil and Gas rigs (construction and fabrication), Ship Recycling (two aircraft carriers can be done simultaneously) and decommissioning of offshore oil and gas infrastructure.

Location and Contact Details for Seaton Port - Able
Port NameSeaton Port - Able
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Port OwnerElba Group Limited
Port AddressHartlepool, Seaton Channel, River Tees, 1 km from Tees Turning Circle- Teesside TS25 2DB
Contact David ShepherdAble House, Billingham Reach Industrial Estate, Billingham, Teesside TS23 1PX
Contact Telephone+44 1642-806080
Contact Fax+44 1642-655655
Email or
Website Visit the website for Seaton Port - Able
Coordinates (decimal degrees) 54.634° Lat, -1.191° Lon

Access Details for Seaton Port - Able
Port Depth 15 metres
Entrance Width 125 metres
Tidal Range (Springs) 4.6 metres
Maximum Vessel Size LOA : 450 m
Draught : 14 m
Beam : any
Tug Assistance Available? Yes
Piloting Information Exemption certificates for vessels above 90m can be granted. Pilotage is not required for vessels under 90m.
Turning Area Available? Yes
Rail Links Direct rail access to site.
Major Roads 8 km to A19.
Private Internal Road Links Yes
Distance to Helipad 30 km
Distance to International Airport 30 km
Any Comments Quays constructed to 20.5m water (at MHWS)

Dimensions of the dry dock;
  • Width of dry dock gate entrance – 125m.
  • Maximum water depth of water over the sill – 12m (MHWS)
  • Depth of water in dry dock – 12.15m (MHWS)
  • Maximum width of dry dock – 260m
  • Length of dry dock – 355m (can be increased to 490m)
  • Distance from open sea – 4.5 nautical miles to fairway buoy.
  • Maximum current at facility – 0.25 knots (0.13m per second).

Inner Dry Dock;
  • 162m long x 27m wide
  • 10.65m of water

Comments on access details;
  • The nearest international airport is Durham Tees Valley (30km).
  • Newcastle International airport is 74 km.
  • Able Seaton Port is accessible by river/sea, rail and road

Capacities at Seaton Port - Able
Number Of Cranes4
Crane CommentsUp to 350t lift capacity with additional 3,500t if required.
Quay Length 791 metres
Quay Loading Capacity 60 tonnes/m2
Quay Comments General 38 tonne/m2 with heavy duty section at 60 tonne/m2. Miscellaneous bollard upto max 450 tonne SWL.
Storage Space Available 46 hectares (469,435 m2 or 116 acres)
Storage Comments 47 ha (116 acres) landside plus 4 ha (10 acres). Land is adjacent to dry dock and quay.
Development Land Available 45 hectares (450,000 m2 or 111.2 acres)
Development Land Comments All relevant planning permissions are approved and in place.

Supply Chain Capabilities and Services
Suitable Installations Base? Yes
Suitable Operations and Maintenance Base? Yes
Can support manufacturing of ..? Towers : Yes
Blades : Yes
Foundations : Yes
Cables : Yes
Supplies ..? Provisions : Yes
Water : Yes
Fuel Oil : Yes
Diesel Oil : Yes
Services Repair services, maintenance services, engine maitenance / overhaul, tank cleaning.
Has Dry Dock? Yes
Has Warehousing? Yes
Security LevelTRANSEC approved

Additional Information & Experience Work completed includes ship recycling (US MARAD Fleet and French "Le Clemenceau"). Maintenance and berthing of Oil Rigs (platform, top-side and jackets) and FPSO's. A number of redundant platforms/jackets have been decommissioned here.

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