BOSKALIS WINS EUR 120 MILLION DREDGING CONTRACT IN BRAZIL
Boskalis won a contract to expand Brazil’s Porto do Açú transshipment terminal (seen here) in the city of São João da Barra, in the state of Rio de Janeiro.
Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) won a EUR 120 million ($124.8 million US) dredging contract to expand Brazil’s Porto do Açú transshipment terminal in the city of São João da Barra, in the state of Rio de Janeiro. The deal was awarded by Açu Petróleo, a joint venture (JV) between Brazil’s logistics company Prumo and Oiltanking Gmbh. According to Boskalis, the project comprises the deepening, widening and extension of the access channel and turning basin. Boskalis estimated a total 32 million cubic meters (41.9 million cubic yards) of sand, silt and clay should be extracted, as the activities began in late November last year and should be completed late this year. One jumbo and two large trailing suction hopper dredges (TSHD) will be used by Boskalis, it said, adding the terminal’s access channel has a 20.5-meter (67.3-foot) depth, which is “suitable to receive Suezmax type vessels.” By the end of this year, the 20.5-meter depth should be deepened to 24.5 meters (about 80 feet), allowing the terminal to receive Very Large Crude Carriers. Boskalis developed be-tween 2011 and 2015 most of the Açú Port, including the construction of two access channels, a turning basin, an inner channel, mooring berths, as well as 2.4 kilometers (about 1.5 miles) of revetments for the inner harbor’s protection.Edit Module