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The port will only be accessible over water to preserve the protected nature reserve Parque Isla de Salamanca

New port in Barranquilla, Colombia technically and nautically feasible

 By BFP Staff  Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Deventer, The Netherlands
The study Witteveen+Bos recently conducted for Royal Port S.A. in order to ascertain the feasibility of a new port on the mouth of the Magdalena River near Barranquilla, Colombia, shows that the port is technically and nautically feasible. Among other things a nautical simulation, of a magnitude that was never seen before for a Colombian port, was performed for this study. Now that its feasibility has been established, Royal Port is going to acquire the port concession from river management authority Cormagdalena.

The port is intended to handle three main cargo types, liquid bulk, dry bulk and containers. The port will only be accessible (for cargo and personnel) over water to preserve the protected nature reserve Parque Isla de Salamanca on the east bank of the Rio Magdalena; all hinterland transport to and from the port will be by means of inland barges. For this project Witteveen+Bos has joined forces with two subcontractors: the Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (MARIN) and Colombia’s Antea Group. After Royal Port has obtained the required port concession, the next step will be to produce the detailed design of the port.

In the first phase of the project, Witteveen+Bos has investigated the technical feasibility of the planned port using hydrodynamic modelling techniques and a simulation to demonstrate the plan’s nautical safety. Witteveen+Bos experts in the field of master planning and port structures designed and adapted the new port lay-out taking the physical site conditions and the design ship into account. The design ship exists of 200 m length, 32 m beam and 10 m maximum allowable draught. Apart from the liquid bulk jetty, all other port areas/facilities will consist of land reclamations with quay walls. There shall be two berths for the liquid bulk vessels along the liquid bulk jetty. One multi-purpose berth with a length of 300 m (the ‘finger pier’) is planned for the other cargo flows. The bed level of the navigable water areas (including the turning circle with a diameter of two times the length of the design vessel) of the port shall be the same as in the main navigation channel of the Rio Magdalena: -40 ft CD (or -12.19 m CD). Along the southern side of this land reclamation a quay wall for the inland barges for further (river) transport will be constructed. This lay-out provides various options for future expansion. The quay of the ‘finger pier’ and the strip of land can be extended in northerly direction. Alternatively, it might be possible to create a quay wall along the eastern edge of the storage area so that vessels can berth at either side of the ‘finger pier’.

A hydrodynamic and morphological study of the Magdalena River, Caribbean coast and port location was performed to know the boundary conditions for the port and its nautical simulation. Two pilots from Barranquilla performed the nautical simulation of the design ship at the nautical simulation centre of MARIN in Wageningen, the Netherlands. Manoeuvres to and from Royal Port can be carried out safely with the considered design ship. This was the first time a nautical simulation of this magnitude was performed for a Colombian port. It was also investigated how international environmental and waste MARPOL- and IMDG-regulations are to be implemented in the port concept.

Puerto nuevo en Barranquilla, Colombia técnicamente y náuticamente factible

El estudio Witteveen+Bos recientemente ha realizado para Royal Port S.A. para lograr la viabilidad de un puerto nuevo en la desembocadura del río Magdalena cerca de Barranquilla, Colombia, muestra que el puerto es técnicamente y náuticamente factible. Entre otras cosas una simulación náutica, de tal magnitud que nunca fue vista en un puerto Colombiano, se realizó para este estudio. Ahora que se ha establecido su viabilidad, Royal Port va a adquirir la concesión del puerto de la autoridad administrativa del río Cormagdalena.

El puerto está diseñado para manejar tres tipos principales de carga, líquidos, graneles y contenedores. El puerto sólo será accesible (para carga y personal) sobre el agua para preservar la reserva natural protegida Parque Isla de Salamanca en la orilla oriental del río Magdalena; todo transporte interior a y desde el puerto será por medio de barcazas interiores. Para este proyecto Witteveen+Bos ha unido fuerzas con dos subcontratistas: el instituto de investigación marítima (MARIN) de los Países Bajos y Antea Group de Colombia. Después de Royal Port ha obtenido la concesión requerida del puerto, el siguiente paso será producir el diseño detallado del puerto.

En la primera fase del proyecto, Witteveen+Bos ha investigado la viabilidad técnica del puerto previsto utilizando técnicas de modelización hidrodinámicas y una simulación para demostrar seguridad náutica del plan. Expertos de Witteveen+Bos en el campo de la planificación maestra y estructuras portuarias diseñaron y adaptaron el plan del puerto nuevo tomando en cuenta las condiciones físicas del sitio y la nave de diseño. La nave de diseño existe de 200 m de eslora, 32 m de ancho y 10 m máximo de calado permisible. Aparte del embarcadero de graneles líquidos, todas otras áreas/instalaciones portuarias consistirán en rellenos hidráulicos con muelles. Habrán dos literas para las naves de líquidos a granel a lo largo del muelle de líquidos a granel. Un muelle de usos múltiples con una longitud de 300 m (el ‘muelle dedo’) está previsto para los otros flujos de carga. El fondo del río de las zonas navegables del puerto (incluyendo la dársena con un diámetro de dos veces la longitud de la nave de diseño) será el mismo que en el canal principal de navegación del río Magdalena: -40 pies CD (o -12.19 m CD). Se contruye al lado sur de los rellenos hidráulicos un muelle para barcazas interiores para transporte posterior (por el río). Este plan ofrece varias opciones para una futura expansión. El muelle del ‘muelle dedo’ y la franja de tierra se pueden ampliar en dirección norte. Alternativamente, se puede crear un muelle a lo largo del borde oriental de la zona de almacenamiento para que naves pueden atracar a ambos lados del ‘muelle dedo’.

Un estudio hidrodinámico y morfológico del río Magdalena, Costa Caribe y el puerto mismo se realizó para conocer las condiciones de contorno para el puerto y su simulación náutica. Dos pilotos de Barranquilla han realizado la simulación náutica de la nave de diseño en el centro de simulación náutica de MARIN en Wageningen, los Países Bajos. Se puede realizar las maniobras a y desde Royal Port de forma segura con la nave de diseño considerado. Esta fue la primera vez que se realizó una simulación náutica de esta magnitud para un puerto Colombiano. También regulaciones internacionales MARPOL y IMDG acerca de medio ambiente y residuos fueron investigadas y son para ser implementadas en el concepto de puerto.

About Witteveen+Bos
Witteveen+Bos provides consulting and engineering services in the fields of water, infrastructure, the environment and construction. With some 1000 employees, the firm focuses primarily on complex projects requiring advanced knowledge and an integrated approach. The multi-disciplinary approach, which involves intensive co-operation between specialists in different disciplines, is a key element of the way we work. Witteveen+Bos is characterised by its expertise, reliability and commitment. Witteveen+Bos has a unique ownership structure, with the shares wholly owned by its staff. Our clients are government agencies, private companies and alliances. They are served from the head office in Deventer, five Dutch offices, and foreign offices in Belgium, Dubai, Ghana, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Russia, Singapore, the United Kingdom and Vietnam. In 2015 the firm’s turnover totalled 130 million euro and its income after tax came to 14.3 million euro.

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