Açu Petróleo awards €120m dredging deal to Boskalis for oil transhipment terminal expansion in Brazil


Netherlands-based Royal Boskalis Westminster (Boskalis) has secured a €120m deal from Açu Petróleo to expand the Porto do Açu oil transhipment terminal in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Under the deal, Boskalis will carry out deepening, widening and extension activities for the terminal's access channel and turning basin.

Scheduled for completion by late 2017, the works will include the dredging of around 32 million m³ of sand, silt and clay.

Three large trailing suction hopper dredgers will be used during the project.

"Boskalis will carry out deepening, widening and extension activities for the terminal's access channel and turning basin."

Porto do Açu oil transhipment terminal’s existing access channel has a depth of 20.5m, which is sufficient for Suezmax type vessels.

After the expansion, this depth will be increased to 24.5m, enabling the Porto do Açu oil transhipment terminal to handle large crude carriers.

From 2011-2015, Boskalis was involved in the construction of two access channels, a turning basin, an inner channel and mooring berths, as well as 2.4km of revetments to protect the inner harbour at Açu Port.

With a fleet of 1,000 units, Boskalis currently serves the dredging, maritime infrastructure and maritime services sectors.

In April, the company acquired the dredging activities and assets of Strabag Wasserbau for €70m.