Port Said is one of Egypt’s most important ports on the Mediterranean. This side channel of 9.5 km long, 250 m wide and 18.5 m deep, provides access to the eastern part of Port Said. The new side canal means that ships sailing to and from Port Said will no longer interfere with the maritime convoys of the Suez Canal.
The contract involved DEME’s two jumbo TSHDs, the ‘Nile River’ and ‘Congo River’. This second award was completed well ahead of schedule in March 2016.
“You only fail when you stop trying. Each day we were challenged to deliver safe production, without interfering with the ongoing port operations. Navy representatives were included in the navigational watch because they are familiar with the local waters, port areas and language. All these efforts resulted in maximum operational hours and only minimal traffic delay. To prevent any debris and obstructions from being taken up by the dredger it was necessary, through collaboration with the crew and site, to design and install a finger grid, a specialist screen mesh. This successful innovation resulted in decreased downtime as a result of cleaning the dragheads and thus, optimised effective production time. Even though we were challenged with a lot of difficulties, we succeeded again by having the right mentality and drive for continuous improvement.”
Separately, DEME is currently completing the construction of a quay wall in the port of Trapani, Sicily.