Pontoons at work as various marine civil engineering projects progress on the Thames

p2 pontoon thunderer jetty

Up and down the Thames, there are always a wide range of marine civil engineering projects unfolding.

And with Livett’s boasting the most diverse and high-quality fleet on the river, it means barely a day goes by without our vessels playing their part.

Recently our collection of flat top pontoons have been hard at work supporting several different projects throughout London. To help bring you up to speed, we’ve detailed some of the most notable of these below:


p2 pontoon thunderer jetty

Our 1,433-tonne capacity flat top steel pontoon is an ideal supply barge, and that’s exactly the role she is presently tasked with.

P2 is currently on hire to Herbosch-Kiere, assisting with the renewal of Thunderer Jetty in Dagenham.

Originally built in the early 1900s, Thunderer Jetty – now owned by Stolthaven Terminals – has long been in need of modernisation. In the past, minor renovations were carried out to adjust the jetty to evolving shipping requirements.

However, a comprehensive and extensive overhaul is now underway. The project involves constructing new mooring structures, scaffolding platforms and access bridges, in addition to installing fresh pipe-racks, piping, and electromechanical equipment.

P2 has been busy transporting piles for the development of the jetty and will continue to play a key role in its redevelopment over the coming months.

You can find out more about the planned Thunderer Jetty works on the Herbosch-Kiere website.


dart crane barge fulham

One of the most uniquely-sized vessels on the River Thames, Dart’s reinforced steel deck makes her a safe and superb choice to act as a crane barge.

She has been deployed in this role by GPS MACS, who were awarded the marine works for the decommissioning of Barking Power Station.

The project will see the demolition of the outfall structure using topside and subsea concrete and steel cutting equipment, dredging and diving operations, as well as works on the intake structure and tunnels.

Dart will be assisting with the operation throughout as the power station is gradually demolished. It will eventually be replaced by London’s three iconic wholesale markets – Smithfield, Spitalfields, and Billingsgate – which will be relocated here.

You can find out more about Barking Power Station’s demolition on the Squibb Group website.

Rover and Sidney L

sidney l pontoon thames tideway tunnel

Since December 2022, flat top pontoons Rover and Sidney L have been working on behalf of the Ferrovial and Laing O’Rourke consortium (FLO) to support activities on the central section of the Thames Tideway Tunnel.

Work undertaken includes supporting the derig of various worksites, as well supplying and removing materials – in turn helping to remove even more lorry movements from London’s congested roads.

You can find out more about our extensive involvement in the Thames Tideway Tunnel legacy project in our dedicated article.

We offer a wide range of marine civil engineering services on the River Thames, River Medway, and connected south-east waterways. Please contact us with any enquiries or to find out more.