Large-Scale Maritime Works at Anaklia Deep Sea Port Have Commenced
Maritime construction works at Anaklia Deep Sea Port have commenced. The scale and engineering solutions of Anaklia Port’s maritime works are historical and unprecedented for Georgia.
The maritime works for the port will be carried out by one of the most advanced and technically capable dredging vessels ever built. The vessel owned by Van Oord, the Athena, will be deployed for dredging and reclamation. It will perform the reclamation of 5.0 million cubic meters of sand from the sea and bring dredged material to the port area. The works will be accomplished by one of the world’s leading marine engineering contractors, Van Oord, which was awarded a contract (July 2018) through an international tender announced by Anaklia Development Consortium (ADC).
A formal ceremony highlighting the launch of the maritime construction works was held at Anaklia Port on September 16th, 2018. The event was attended by the founding partner Mamuka Khazaradze and management team of ADC, the Minister of Economy and Sustainable development, Giorgi Kobulia, Governor of Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region, Alexander Motserelia, Van Oord’s Project Manager, Jaap Bruinsma. The ADC founder and distinguished guests hit the button to officially launch the first dredging and reclamation works of Anaklia Deep Sea Port.
Before the ceremony began, more than 30 journalists who visited the port area went on a media tour and had the opportunity to see the port construction area, mobilized heavy equipment and reclamation works.
Along with the dredging vessel, The Athena, heavy equipment to perform large scale maritime works is also mobilized at the port. These include 2.5 km long floating pipes, vertical drains of 3,500 km in length in total, 10 km long bunds, a 2.5 km long melioration channel and a water regulation system.
Construction of Anaklia Deep Sea Port started in December 2017 with the preliminary land construction works. Anaklia Deep Sea Port will be operational in December 2020.
About the construction of Anaklia Deep Sea Port
Construction during the 1st Phase will include:
- Dredging of the ports maritime area up to 16 meters deep
- Dredging of 15 million cubic meters of sand that will be reclaimed onshore to surcharge the terminal area.
- Construction of a 1.6 km long breakwater which will be constructed using 1.3 million tons of rock and concrete armor units
- Construction of a 825 meter long quay wall with multifunctional capabilities along with 110 hectares for paved container yard port operations, customs and other supportive buildings.
The port infrastructure built during the 1st Phase will enable Georgia to dock 10,000 TEU Panamax and Post-Panamax vessels, which can’t be docked at other seaports in Georgia. At the time of its opening and after phase I is put into operation, in 2021 Anaklia Deep Sea Port will be able to handle 1 million TEU containers and 1.5 million tons of dry bulk.
Anaklia Deep Sea Port will be constructed in 9 Phases. The total investment value of the project is $2.5 billion USD.
About Van Oord
Van Oord is a leading Dutch international contractor which carries out dredging, marine engineering and offshore projects in different parts of the world. The construction of Palm Island in Dubai, the expansion of the Maasvlakte 2 port in Rotterdam’s Maasvlakte 2, and the record-breaking Suez Canal are among the projects which Van Oord have implemented.