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East Africa Port Concept Study - Mine Feedstock Transhipment

The study resulted in a coherent transshipment solution including optimal barge loading equipment, barge capacity and fleet size required to meet port throughput requirements of approximately 1.2 Mtpa.

Summary

Port concepts were developed for two ports in adjacent countries in East Africa, for transshipment of bulk and containerised mine feedstock materials.

BMT developed concept designs for the upgrade of a underutilised existing port. 

The upgrade included an expanded wharf, rail offload facility, stockpile and container storage and barge loading equipment.

Concept designs were also developed for a new port in a remote area of a neighbouring country.

BMT assessed the metocean and bathymetric data for both port sites to determine port site feasibility and key operational constraints and risks.

Materials handling logistics were studied including an assessment of options for barge type (RoRo versus bulk and container barges) and options for bulk materials containment.

The study resulted in a coherent transshipment solution including optimal barge loading equipment, barge capacity and fleet size required to meet port throughput requirements of approximately 1.2 million tonnes per annum.

BMT designed both causeway and trestle options for marine structures.

Port layout designs were developed based on this integrated study of materials handling logistics, site conditions, marine structures and existing facilities.

BMT's Role

  • Assess site conditions and facilities
  • Review and optimisation of materials handling logistics for transshipment of bulk and containerised goods
  • Development of multiple port concepts and jetty designs including trestles and causeways.

Services and Expertise Provided

  • Barging and Transshipment Studies
  • Concept engineering for ship wharf, barge landings, trestles and causeways
  • Economic and operational comparisons
  • Process and Systems Simulation Modelling
  • Identification of key operational constraints, risks.