In collaboration with local and international partners, Ramboll has been engaged to undertake a feasibility study and master plan for a new multi-purpose port in Bangladesh.
The port will be central to a special economic zone being established in Mirasarai, north of Chittagong.
The project involves wide-ranging environmental and traffic impact assessments, and economic feasibility studies as well as operational and port planning and the design of quay walls and breakwaters.
According to Ralph Bjørndal, Project Director in International Transport Studies at Ramboll, one of the main technical challenges of the project is its unique location. “As this area is a flood plain, tons of sediment is washed up on a daily basis. This means that a significant part of our study will also concern a detailed analysis of the coastal hydraulic conditions, including sediment transport in the upstream river delta and the Feni-Mirasarai River.”
The area is also prone to severe weather, particularly the cyclones that are prevalent along the coastline during the summer months. “This puts unique demands on the infrastructure and means the port has to withstand tough conditions, and marine structures must be designed to prevent flooding and serious damage,” added Bjørndal.
Valued at over 1.5 million EUR, the contract stipulates the possibility of continued cooperation for the next phase of the project, which includes the design and the establishment of the port.