Already one of Africa’s most populated countries, further rapid population growth in Nigeria has placed pressure on the country’s existing port infrastructure. Despite undertaking improvements and upgrades to existing ports, it became clear that demand for port container handling capacity would outstrip the current capacity by 2017.

Royal HaskoningDHV was appointed by APM Terminals to create the layout and master plan for Badagry Port, a new deep-sea facility located in on the coastline near Lagos, Nigeria. Once construction is completed it will be one of the largest deep sea ports in Africa. The Greenfield port includes a container terminal, oil and gas services and a liquid bulk terminal, with general cargo and Ro-Ro facilities. Additionally, the site includes an extensive logistical zone and industrial estate.

The Challenge

The project ran from 2012-2015 and construction began in January 2016. As part of determining the port layout and creating a master plan, the Royal HaskoningDHV team was responsible for the procurement and supervision of onshore and offshore soil investigations, hydrographic surveys and met-ocean studies. 

Furthermore, Royal HaskoningDHV was appointed by APM Terminals as the Employers' Engineer dealing specially with the preparation of technical specifications for the various construction elements (quay wall, earthworks, breakwater, dredging & reclamation works etc.) and assistance with tender documentation, assisting with the preparation of procurement strategy, specialist engineering advice and refinement of cost estimates.

The Outcome

As part of this project the team carried out specialist studies, including dynamic mooring analysis, coastline impact studies and extensive hydraulic modelling, to measure port tranquillity and predict long wave effects. Road transport studies and a structural assessment of bridges were also undertaken. Preliminary designs and cost estimates were prepared for quay structures, breakwaters, dredging and land based port infrastructure close to the port location.

The state-of-the-art Badagry Port will support strong, sustainable growth both regionally and nationally. It will provide the deepest water in West Africa, allowing larger vessels to visit this part of the country, which in turn allows Nigeria’s port system to remain competitive in the global marketplace.