Guayaquil

Deepening Guayaquil harbour access channel, Ecuador

Deepening Guayaquil harbour access channel

The shallow draught of the 100-kilometre long access channel limited shipping access to the important port of Guayaquil. By building a new harbour at the mouth of the Golfo de Guayaquil, vessels would be able to berth with a 15.5-metre draught instead of the current maximum of 9 metres.

For the construction of this new container port in Posorja, approximately 85 km south-west of Guayaquil, DP World once more contracted the dredging works to Jan De Nul Group. A greenfield project requiring an incredible diversity of materials and different expert skills. We threw everything at this project: a backhoe dredger and split barges for the dredging of the trenches for the foundations of warehouses, three trailing suction hopper dredgers for the dredging of a turning basin and access channel, a trailing hopper for the rain bowing of the warehousing area and another suction cutter for the dredging works of a harder subsoil.

Our extensive, high-performance fleet contributed to creating capacity for Ecuador to receive larger container vessels from now on. As a result, the country can again play a leading role in regional and international trade.