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.
The purpose of this Preliminary Feasibility assessment was to establish at a high level the nature and volume of cargo demand, the technical requirements to support this volume, the marine and port facility requirements, broad environmental and metocean impacts, and quantified investment returns.
As part of a government scheme to increase agricultural exports from a Vietnam province, BMT was appointed to help the client examine existing and planned port facilities and transport networks; estimat the potential cargo demand; establish possible strategic development options corresponding to the economic and competitive framework and highlighted possible risks to each option.
BMT's expertise in port planning and close knowledge of Western Australian ports, BMT provided port expansion options, dredging and construction solutions, and cost estimates for construction and facility operations.
BMT prepared a business plan for the new offshore multi-user port development in Abu Dhabi, involving staged construction of facilities from initial operations in 2010 to full development by 2028.