35 cm thick concrete deck
1,250 kilometres of vertical drainage systems
Stabilising the area behind the deck was an important part of this project. The old port had been built on a bed of silt and clay deposited over the centuries by the Suriname River. Our aim was to reinforce this soft ground using an accelerated process to ensure it can withstand the heavy loads handled at a modern port. To this end, 1,250 kilometres of vertical drainage systems were installed and a layer of sand more than three metres deep was laid in phases over the entire area. It had to settle for about a year.
No interruption to port activities
Over the preceding decade, the country’s economy had suffered greatly, which meant that this work was badly needed in order to improve the national financial situation. Weekly consultation with stakeholders ensured that the port could continue to operate without interruption. Thanks to this modernisation project, the economy has flourished and jobs have been created, which has had a positive impact on the country’s prosperity. The project has provided a much needed boost and the port has even won a number of awards, including being crowned the most efficient port in the Caribbean. This was a source of great pride, both for us and the people of Suriname.
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.