Reconstruction of The North Pier

Technical Overview

Project : Design / Build North Quay. Port Reconstruction

Owner : Autorite Portuaire Nationale (APN)

Location : Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Amount : 85 million $

Construction : 2014 – 2016

The project consist of the design and reconstruction of the North Pier of the public complex of the International Port of Port-Au-Prince. A new quay 410 meters long and 30 meters wide as well as the adjacent 410 meter long and 20 meter wide staging area, and a 30 meter by 30 meter roll-on roll-off (RO-RO) ramp.

The job consists of driving 1 meter diameter pilings up to 46 meters long which will support cast-in-place concrete caps, precast deck panels and a cast-in-place concrete deck. The new quay is fully equipped with state of the art marine berthing equipment, including fenders, bollards, and access ladders. The entire area underneath the quay, stacking yard and RO-RO ramp has undergone extensive soil improvement in order to withstand any future seismic events.

The quay has been designed and constructed to support ship loading and unloading equipment and to facilitate the use of a track mounted ship unloader.


The project consists of building a 410 meter pier with a draft of 12 meters that will be able to handle Panamax vessels; the first 150 meters of quay was completed at the end of 2015 and the totality during the first quarter of 2016.

  • 410 m of quays
  • 12 m draft
  • Yearly capacity of 250,000 TEUs, with growth projection of 5% over the next 10 years

“This is an outstanding project with state-of-the-art marine berthing equipment and technology. It represents a major growth opportunity for Haiti.” 

William Junkin

Vice President of Engineering at GLF

  • Since Haiti is located in an area prone to have seismic activities, the port was built accordingly.
  • GLF determined that the most efficient way to build the quay would be to start by driving 110’ to 150’ long steel piles into the ground, each pile has a diameter of 42 inches and are 5/8” inch thick.
  • A total of 425 piles were used to strengthen the base of the pier.
  • In addition, rebar cages are inserted inside the pile before it is filled with concrete.

“With an investment over US $80 millions, the new PPAP has the potential to support the country’s economic growth well beyond 2040”

Key Plan

A World Class Port

  • The pre cast modules are prepared on site and are ready to be linked on top of the piles. In order to comply with International standard, the concrete is no less than 5000PSI and is cooled as it dries in order to keep its impermeability.
  • The structure itself utilized not less than 3 Million kg of steel and 29 thousand cubic meter of concrete, all certified by high international standards.
  • The existing landfill was extracted, allowing the Port to have a draft of 12 meters safely. A modern RO-RO ramp will also be available to use for special cargo and other necessities.

“The North Pier will be ready and fully functional for world class port services by the end of 2015”

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