Increasing shipping capacity to 70 million tons a year
The multi-user wharf in Sept-Îles is a deep-water terminal able to accommodate the largest dry-bulk ships in the world. To deal with the rapid growth of the iron ore industry in northern Quebec and Labrador, the Sept-Îles Port Authority needed new shipping infrastructure to raise its shipping capacity to 70 million tons a year, an increase of 50 million tons per year.
The team designed two major structurally independent facilities: the main wharf and the approach bridge. The wharf has two separate berths and handles iron ore loading; the approach bridge is an access road, linking the shore to the main wharf, and is used for traffic and operations vehicles.
This project faced many obstacles. The approach bridge and main wharf required the elimination of thermal expansion joints in order for the foundation and deck to handle the effects of high ice loads, the multi uses uses of the wharf, seismic effects, thermal effects and the effects of the shrinkage and creep of the beams. This complex project was executed on an expedited schedule, designed and constructed in under two years.
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