This long-term project undertaken between 2006-2012 by Suez Canal Container Terminal (SCCT), brought to life their vision to operate a container terminal complex at the north end of the Suez Canal at Port Said, Egypt. The planned container terminal would take full advantage of this strategic location to attract major global shipping lines, whose key routes already pass through the Suez Canal. SCCT planned to make this terminal the largest, most reliable and efficient hub in the Mediterranean. The company’s vision is to focus on safety, health and security, improve their environmental position and contribute to the local community.

Royal HaskoningDHV’s consulting services were enlisted by SCCT for this exciting new development, alongside our expertise in project management. Royal HaskoningDHV has become the global leader in container terminal design and planning, working in over 100 countries on assignments ranging from small-scale developments to international mega-hub ports.

The Challenge

To see the vision of the container terminal become a reality, this project required the use of modern equipment and the establishment of the most efficient operating procedures.

As part of their concession to build and operate a new container terminal on a site to the east of the entrance to the Suez Canal at Port Said, SCCT had the option to extend that concession to include a doubling of the berth and terminal facilities – a decision that Royal HaskoningDHV was brought in to consult upon.

The Outcome

The team used state-of-the-art software and technology to provide the client with the best possible outcome from the consultation.

After Phase I of the project was completed, the first contract of Phase II – a marine works contract worth USD 219 million for the design and construction of the 1,200 metres quay wall – was awarded in August 2008. Our team produced tender documentation and handled the tender process right through to the contract award, including detailed negotiations. Together with our local sub-consultants Pacer (based in Cairo), we were then engaged in site supervision and design control of this project. 

A contract for the construction of the associated terminal and buildings for Phase II was placed in 2009. Again, the Royal HaskoningDHV team was appointed to carry out all consultancy services for this project, including detailed design and eventual site supervision. 

On completion, the SCCT Phase II terminal expansion represented a total investment for SCCT in excess of USD 700 million. Completed in 2012, the combined container terminals have an annual capacity of 5.1 million TEU, making this the single largest container terminal in the Mediterranean.

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