Norvik Shipping deployed the first vessel in the Crossrail project in London on Monday 20th August. The Icelandica Hav arrived at the end of last week for mobilisation and preparation and is the first of up to 5 ships that are to be used on this project over the next 3-4 years.

The UK government funded Crossrail Project is a new underground train service for London, and is one of the largest infrastructure projects in Europe. Crossrail will deliver a high frequency, high capacity train service to 37 stations linking Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east via 21 km of new twin-bore tunnels under central London. It will bring an additional 1.5 million people within 45 minutes commuting distance of London's key business districts.

Norvik Shipping & Logistics will manage the transportation by ship of around 5 million tonnes of excavated tunnel material from the Crossrail tunnels, via three wharves (Barking, Northfleet and Instone) on the river Thames to a new purpose built jetty on Wallasea Island (which is 1.5 miles east of Norvik Shipping’s Baltic Wharf timber and steel handling port operations on the river Crouch). The material is to be used to build a new nature reserve for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).

The logistics management of this project will, at peak flow, require 4-5 vessels per day moving between the river Thames and the river Crouch. This compliments Norvik Shipping’s current deployment of 1-2 vessels per day on the Lee Tunnel project on behalf of the London utilities company Thames Water.

We wish the UK team every success in this exciting project.

More information of the project can be found on