The Port of Beirut has been rebuilt a number of times to accommodate for the growing sizes of modern container vessels. Expansion is crucial to ensure that the harbour can accommodate the largest container vessels.
“Expansion is crucial to ensure that the harbour can accommodate the largest container ships. There's quite a bit of competition to attract these ships – and if a harbour isn't geared for them, then they will go elsewhere", explains Ralph Guldberg Bjørndal, Project Director in Ramboll's Ports Sector.
Ramboll has been responsible for all detailed design works related to the expansion of the new Quay 12-14 – including the construction of a new 500 m complicated deep water block quay wall, dredging works in front of the new quay wall to ensure a water depth of 15.5 m, reclamation of the old harbour basin to make space for an additional 20 hectares container terminal, as well as new fenders, bollards, crane rails and pavements.
"The old part of the Port of Beirut was built back in the 1950's, when ships were much smaller. Nowadays, the trend in freight traffic is that ships can carry some 5,000-10,000 containers each. The harbour has been modernised over the years – so it can handle the larger ships, which are essential for financial and competitive strength," says Ralph Guldberg Bjørndal.
Ramboll has prepared detailed design for the Contractor Pihl Hourie / Aarsleff Lebanon, and participated in the Approval process with Port of Beirut.Design services were delivered at a tight schedule, before the arrival of the cutter suction dredger and production of the large number of 100 t concrete blocks.
Ramboll assisted during the approval process ensuring a smooth process, so that the time schedule was met for satisfaction of all parties.