Buenaventura, Colombia’s main Pacific port, is a strategic city. Most of the Andean country’s exports and imports pass through it. The port upgrade is a benchmark for progress, competitiveness and sustainability in the entire region.
Via the SBCC joint venture, Soletanche Bachy Cimas, Soletanche Bachy International (the Group’s Major Projects division) and Conconcreto took part in the project.
Substantial technical capabilities went into designing and building the container terminal (SPIA), the bulk carrier terminal (Boscoal) and the associated reclaimed areas. Several innovations improved the efficiency and quality of the onshore and offshore works, optimised costs and accelerated the construction process. The project worked closely with the local population. Virtually the entire team was Colombian.
On 2 December 2016, Boscoal received its first cargo ship carrying maize that had been loaded at the Louis Dreyfus terminal in the port of Bahia Blanca, Argentina – which Soletanche Bachy handed over five years ago.
- Manufacture and installation of prefabricated elements (beams and pre-slabs) on 544 piles.
- Offshore construction of a sheet pile wall (13,230.5 m2) to contain and extend the peninsula. This activity was carried out in four different areas, using two types of sheet piles (AZ28 and AZ36) with lengths ranging from 9.10 m to 17 m, depending on soil type.
- A total of 693 sheet piles were installed, confining 970 lm. This activity was important because a sheet pile curtain had been installed in the arrival area of the quay jetty, which was then filled and compacted to form the platform receiving the quay footbridge.
This project mobilized the port and maritime works expertise from Soletanche Bachy, which is available under the ForSHORE brand, which offers solutions for the main steps of port projects : Financing, Design and resilience, Construction, Asset management.