The client team at LBC Tank Terminals wanted to expand their marine facilities. Royal HaskoningDHV was chosen to develop the overall design. The first challenge the team faced was the sheer scale of the superstructure on the jetty. In some locations, it was more than 20m high, resulting in very high loads. At the same time, the soil conditions at those locations were very poor, meaning that the design of the foundation piles of the jetty was critical.
Our team worked with all stakeholders to optimize the interactions between the jetty foundation and the superstructures, but also the terminal operations and contractor works. The phasing of the construction had to be carefully planned in order to allow operations to continue unhindered, and in order to maintain communication levels we organized several sessions where all stakeholders – including teams from LBC Terminals, superstructure engineers, the Port of Rotterdam (development, maintenance and nautical department) – were able to discuss their needs, responsibilities and concerns. The result was an economic design which could be safely built whilst the existing jetty remained operational.