In a view of further expansion of import and export facilities in Senegal, a new marine terminal was proposed at Grande Cote, 8km South-West of the city of Mboro, and about 15km from the acid manufacturing plant in Darou. The facilities includes a jetty, with two berths for ships of about 40,000 DWT, one each for bulk and liquid. Future expansions to be provided for 75,000 to 80,000 DWT vessels.
Location of Project Site
Lanka Hydraulic Institute was awarded the project in May 2011. The project comprised of activities from the scratch: design of port layout, and design of breakwaters and jetties etc. In particular, initial demarcation of port boundaries, shape of breakwaters and their orientation, area of harbour basin, and dimension of berths etc were determined with the standard design specifications. Numerous initial port layout configurations have been considered honouring the above criteria and that further investigations/modelling distinguished the best port layout. The design exercise further took into account the commercial availability of design elements, logistic arrangements and their ease. This is crucial since Senegal shows a varied distribution of resources.
Numerical Modeling of Layouts
In addition, the physical phenomena including wave propagation, wave tranquillity, ship motion, water circulation, and sediment transport were modelled numerically with the help of state of the art modeling tools. This comprehensive modelling campaign revisited all design elements to verify the integrity of the design, and to ascertain the anticipated functionality. Furthermore, the veracity of the design work was reaffirmed with 2D physical model testing.
The project was successfully completed in early 2012. The work undertaken is a clear example of LHI’s capacity to function and deliver results in a broad range of coastal engineering design and modelling applications.
Development of Marine Terminal at Mboro, Senegal