Capacity Enhancement at PSA Antwerp’s Noordzee Terminal

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  • The Port of Antwerp-Bruges has bolstered the capacity of four bollards at PSA Terminals.
  • The installation of additional bollards marks the completion of efforts to facilitate the docking of numerous ships.
  • Steel frames were gradually installed and chemically fixed into the cutouts.

The Port of Antwerp-Bruges has bolstered the capacity of four bollards at PSA Antwerp’s Noordzee Terminal from 150 tonnes to seven new 250-tonne bollards, enhancing docking capabilities, reports Port Technology.

Technological Interventions for Efficient Quay Usage

Continuous Technological Advancements: Over the years, the port has implemented various technological interventions to maximize quay length utilization and efficiency.

Facilitating Docking of 24,000 TEU Ships: Optimizing Quay Space

The installation of additional bollards marks the completion of efforts to facilitate the docking of numerous 24,000 TEU ships most efficiently, minimizing lost space.

Factors Considered in Bollard Capacity Calculation: Comprehensive Analysis

The port considered various factors, including passing vessels’ sailing speed, water displacement, wind, tide, and mooring rope types, in calculating bollard capacity.

Installation Process and Structural Enhancements: Quay Construction

The present quay construction involves an anchored diaphragm wall with a quay wall head, with cutouts created for bollard installation.

Secure Installation

Steel frames were gradually installed and chemically fixed into the cutouts, ensuring stability. Tensioned anchors were employed to reinforce the frames and increase bollard loads.

Rigorous Preparatory Work

Engineering Expertise

Extensive research by engineering, architectural, and consultancy firm Sweco, along with review and implementation oversight by independent technical expert SECO Belgium, preceded the Bollard capacity enhancement campaign.

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Source: Port Technology

 

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