The Multi-User Offshore Hub consists of an offshore terminal and docking system that can accommodate ocean-going vessels and barges.
The company believes that the hub has the potential to open new market opportunities for African ports by significantly increasing capacity and substantially reducing port construction and operation costs.
"As existing African ports become more and more congested, increased capacity is an urgent need for both the import of consumer goods and the export of minerals,” said Bechtel's senior ports specialist Marco Pluijm. “Each requires out-of-the-box solutions to handle as many containers as efficiently as possible and to speed the provision of new mineral export facilities to enable the region to develop its economy.”
The solution could provide a reduction of up to 40% in port infrastructure construction costs compared with building a traditional port and up to 50% in operational cost savings, he said.