• Capabilities: Engineering
  • Sectors: Ports and Industrial Infrastructure, Public Sector, Transportation

Expansion of the port of Calais

Calais, France - Maritime traffic has not suffered from the crisis and its growth curve continues to increase steadily. To meet the ever increasing demand, owners are increasing the capacity of their vessels. The ports must in turn adapt and modernize to accommodate them. To do this, during the summer the Nord-Pas de Calais Region and Europe approved the future extension called the "Calais Port 2015" project. This ambitious program will enable the doubling of the current port, which is already the number 1 port for car traffic in Europe and the 4th French port for the transport of goods.

3.3 km

of new seawalls

13 m

below sea level
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"We are very excited to be involved in the development of this port for the next generation"

To do this, during the summer of 2015 the Nord-Pas de Calais Region and Europe approved the future extension called the "Calais Port 2015" project. This ambitious program will enable the doubling of the current port, which is already the number 1 port for car traffic in Europe and the 4th French port for the transport of goods.

It includes a new 3.3 km seawall to form a second dock for ships to the north of the current site. This new dock will be dug to sea level -13 meters, which means deeper than the current main basin ( 10 m). The material from the marine excavation will enable the construction of a new terminal. Covering an area of 44 hectares, it will be equipped with efficient road and rail facilities to optimize passenger and freight traffic.

Nautical studies help to optimize the harbor lay-out design

The construction for the expansion of the harbor and terminals of Calais are being checked with nautical studies. We are looking into the feasibility and safety of arrival, berthing, de-berthing and departure of the ferries in extreme (wind) circumstances. These nautical studies inform us with thorough knowledge of and experience in ship handling and harbor design and efficient design tools for ship maneuvering and moored ship dynamics. Together with Arcadis and Calais pilots and ferry captains we performed the simulations which resulted in a nautical harbor layout validated by all stakeholders. 

Optimization of the design from a nautical point of view reduces capital and operational costs and at the same time it improves efficiency and minimizes the risk of accidents. 
The harbor lay-out design is executed with Arcadis SHIP-Navigator. This real- and fast-time desktop ship maneuvering simulator, simulates the maneuvering ship including arrival, berthing, de-berthing and departure. We used this model to optimize the (horizontal) layout of the wet infrastructure resulting in major costs reductions by e.g. shortening the required length of a breakwater or diameter of the turning circle. 
By using Arcadis SHIP-Moorings we are able to optimize quay design or improve operations and safety during the ships stay at berth. This moored ship simulator, simulates 3-dimensional movements for one or more vessels moored to fixed structures (quays, jetty’s) or floating structures in the time domain.

The companies commissioned with the construction of the extension project will be part of a group led by Bouygues TP. Arcadis will lead the design and engineering work, as well as the supervision of the construction. 

The new port is expected to enter service between 2020 and 2025.

Luc Hellemans, CEO of Arcadis France: “This is a huge project to work on. Calais is one of the busiest ports in Europe and this expansion will enable it to meet its capacity requirements for a long time to come. We have worked on the development of the port of Calais for many years, so we are very excited to be involved in the development of this port for the next generation."

Calais Port 2015 is the largest port project of the decade in Europe.

Outcomes

3.3 km

of new seawalls

13 m

below sea level

44 ha

area covered by the new terminal

Questions about this project

Philippe Autuori

Director Infrastructure Belgium, France, Italy & Spain +33 1 46 23 77 77 Ask me a question
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