The Client required a design for new port facility in Latin America to export iron ore from a new mine inland. There was no sufficiently large existing or natural harbour suitable for an ore loading facility in the area and no deep water close to the shore. Hence, the new port is on an open coast site with no shelter from the Atlantic Ocean. The proposed port design comprises a long access bridge running out from the shore to an off-shore loading pier. To minimise operational downtime, the berth is protected from the Atlantic swell and waves by an off-shore breakwater.
Ore is transported to a port stockyard by train. An ore reclaimer delivers the material onto a conveyor running out along the access bridge to the loading pier where a ship-loader discharges into awaiting bulk ocean going vessels.
McLellan was commissioned to carry out:
The design was undertaken in three stages:
McLellan deliverables for the assignment included: