Abu Qir Port Expansion Project

Location Alexandria, Egypt

Client Egyptian Naval Forces

Services Construction Management

Project Value N/A

Abu Qir port, originally built in 1983 for the exclusive use of the Egyptian Navy near Alexandria, is undergoing a major expansion to accommodate its growth as a commercial hub. The expansion program will reclaim approximately 1,000 hectares of land, deepen the port’s approach channel to 23 M, and dredge a new turning basin to 22 M. In total, more than 150 million CM will be dredged as part of the project. New marine works include 6,800 M of quay walls for new ship berths and port service yards and more than 8,800 M of breakwater works. These improvements will allow the port to handle a significant increase in general and bulk containers. The megaproject will also create new land for the continued growth of Abu Qir, supplementing the commercial strength of Alexandria.

The project is part of the Egyptian government’s initiative to develop its seaports and will enable Abu Qir to receive deep-draught vessels. The design-build project is divided into two main packages: the civil and marine works and the dredging and reclamation works. Tasks encompassed under the civil and marine contract include breakwater and revetment structures; quay wall and retaining quay structures for the new berths; and the quay structures themselves, including bollards, fenders, ladders, anchoring rings, provision for a water bunker; fire safety; electricity and communications systems; and the ability to accommodate a quayside crane. For the dredging and reclamation package, work will entail dredging to deepen the channel and the new turning basin.

Hill is providing project and construction management support for the expansion, including design review and works supervision, coordinating with the project’s numerous stakeholders to facilitate communication, management interfaces, and execute the project safely, within budget, and as planned.