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Operation equipment parking dock

[detail of parking dock]
The parking dock protects the retaining wall when the Storm Surge Barrier is retracted, thus creating a protected harbour for the retaining wall. When inside the dock the retaining wall cannot be rammed by passing vessels. With this in mind the dock has also been fitted with a special, extremely robust gate.

One of the great advantages of the present Storm Surge Barrier design is that when at rest, the parking docks are dry, so that maintenance activities can be easily carried out. To facilitate maintenance still further, 14 concrete support points have been installed in and beside the dock, thus leaving the wall some 2.5 metres off the floor of the dock.