Tackling shipping congestion

Bechtel is actively trying to tackle the problem of shipping congestion in Africa Bechtel is actively trying to tackle the problem of shipping congestion in Africa

A global engineering and construction company has come up with an innovative port design to tackle shipping congestion in Africa.

Bechtel’s multi-user offshore hub is designed to be a smart terminal arrangement and docking system to accommodate seagoing vessels and barges.

The aim is to increase capacity, reduce port construction and operational costs. Highly suitable for a country that wants to improve the import of consumer goods and the export of minerals.

Unveiling the hub this week at the African Ports Evolution Forum 2013 Forum in Cape Town, Marco Pluijm, senior ports specialist, Bechtel, said: “This solution could provide a reduction of up to 40% in port infrastructure construction costs compared with building a traditional port and up to 50% in operational cost savings as the hub can handle much larger Capesize and Valemax vessels, which result in economies of scale.”

Bechtel is currently identifying suitable sites for hubs in East and West Africa.

The company is also leading a three year joint industry research project to improve the safety of mooring large cargo ships off the coast of West Africa. Both initiatives are instrumental in upgrading and expanding port infrastructure needs in Africa.

To date, Bechtel has successfully completed more than 80 port and marine projects across the world, including at Khalifa port and Kizad, the first semi-automated container terminal in the Middle East.

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