Expanding the quay with 25 by 50 metres and placing three new mooring posts

Operating while the first ship is already underway

Port of St. Lucia expansion

St Lucia is a Caribbean island, neighbouring to Martinique, St. Vincent and Barbados. As a tropical paradise, it is a popular tourist attraction for cruise ships. However, as cruise ships are getting larger and larger, the port facilities are starting to become insufficient for handling them. Therefore, St. Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority (SLASPA) wants to expand its facilities to meet the demands of the changing market. We are making the necessary conversions.

  • 3

    new mooring posts

  • 25

    meter quay expansion

When we have finished this work, the larger cruise ships of the Freedom and Quantum Class will be able to utilise the port of St. Lucia. We will have expanded the existing quay by 25 x 50 metres and, among others, installed three new mooring posts as an extension of the existing one. Although this is standard work for us, there are always some surprise challenges.

Adapting the pile-driving method

Ballast Nedam has gained considerable experience from similar projects conducted in St. Martin and Suriname. That came in handy when our engineer discovered that a previously conducted soil analysis was not accurate. Thankfully, we were able to utilise and apply another pile-driving method without delay.

Extra capacity at high speed

Due to a change in design, the project faced some problems with the schedule. In fact, the first pile was only driven on 1 June 2017, at a time when tourists could already book cruises for December 2017. In close consultation with the authorities, we accelerated the process, expanded our capacity, and worked around the clock, since we were both aware of the importance of the island's tourist sector. We were able to offer this kind of flexibility because we work with an experienced team of our own employees and with our own equipment.

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Roy van Eijsden

Managing Director Ballast Nedam International Projects

Roy van Eijsden has 20+ years of experience and has worked on six continents. His motivation: continuous improvement of the countries and living environments where he works.

Roy van Eijsden Directeur Ballast Nedam International

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