Port of Gioia Tauro is one of Italy’s leading container terminal ports and is situated in the south of the country. The main challenge was to reinstate the depth of the port, deepening the central part and turning basin, and widening the access channel in order to facilitate super post panamax ships, which have a length of 400 m and a 15 m draught.
The project involved dredging the turning basin to – 18 m and the access channel to – 17 m.
Over a period of just three months 550,000 m3 of material was dredged, of which 500,000 m3 was sand. The sand was partly used to create a submerged sandbar in front of the port, and the remainder was discharged onshore. These works were performed by a Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger.
The remaining 50,000 m3 of dredged material was rock; this was dredged by means of a crane barge and discharged ashore.