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Thursday, Oct 29, 2020

BVIPA to expand Port Purcell’s bulkhead to accommodate larger cargo vessels

BVIPA to expand Port Purcell’s bulkhead to accommodate larger cargo vessels

The British Virgin Islands will soon have the capacity to berth larger cargo vessels at Port Purcell. This is because of plans by the BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA) to expand the existing bulkhead at the facility.
The BVIPA said it is seeking companies or firms to design and build an extension that extends a minimum of 700 feet east of the existing bulkhead.

Among other things, the new bulkhead will be able to supply fresh water to the various vessels from the existing potable water infrastructure.

In its tender notice to interested contractors for the project, the Ports Authority said the bulkhead should be designed and constructed to comprise “sheet piles and reinforced concrete”.

“Along the bulkhead or quay, immediate approach and basin should be dredged to nine meters minimum water depth. The bulkhead should be able to accommodate vessels with a deadweight of 25,000 tones. This is inclusive of the installation of bollards appropriately spaced to allow for the safe mooring of vessels ranging from 150 to 600 feet in length,” the BVIPA said.

“The proposal must include documentary evidence of the geotechnical research necessary to support the design submitted. The design should facilitate proper drainage from the apron as well as drainage from within the Port Authority’s compound,” it added.

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