Jamaica: KCT Expansion Project Remains on Stream

Minister of Transport, Works and Housing, Hon. Dr. Omar Davies, said that the expansion and modernisation of the Kingston Container Terminal (KCT) remains on stream, with geotechnical work being undertaken.

Speaking during Tuesday’s sitting of the House of Representatives, Dr. Omar Davies informed that the three companies, which have been shortlisted to undertake the expansion project, are awaiting the results of the survey.

They have to ascertain what exactly is at the bottom of the Kingston harbour. I prefer to be guided by analysis rather than by guess work. The work is proceeding …the projected cost of the dredging can move from $75 million to $150 million, depending on whether it is silt or rocks and where these things are located,Dr. Davies said.

The dredging of the Kingston Harbour Access Channel is a critical component of the expansion and modernization of the KCT.

The objective of the expansion is to increase the access channel depth from 14 metres to 17 metres to accommodate 14,500 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) container vessels, which will traverse the Panama Canal upon completion of its expansion. This project is now expected to be completed in 2016.

Source: jis.gov.jm, October 31, 2013

 

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3rd International Congress Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging

Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews (www.portnews.ru) holds a traditional annual Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging” in Moscow. 

The two-day Congress includes the 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies and the 3rd Technical Conference “Modern Solutions for Hydraulic Engineering”.

Infrastructure development is among the real sources of Russia’s economy growth. Construction of port facilities and new hydraulic engineering structures on the country’s inland waterways constitute an essential part of all infrastructure projects. It is important to take into account the best international practices to implement these projects effectively.

The program of the Congress will be devoted to the latest technologies for dredging and hydraulic engineering works. Speakers and delegates will refer to real projects to discuss specifics features of dredging works, as well as dedicated fleet and equipment involved.

To learn more about event, please, contact the organizing committee: snitko@portnews.ru

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