Puerto Baru is developing a river port to support the economic activities and growth of the western region of Panama. As part of this effort, SGH was retained to perform a concept-level study to develop a multipurpose river terminal in El Cabrito, Provincia de Chiriquí, Panama. The terminal is proposed for a greenfield site with high seismicity and high tide fluctuations. When completed, the terminal will support a variety of cargos such as bulk (liquid and dry), general cargo (breakbulk), and containers, and will also include a dock for mini cruises.
SGH collaborated with the owner and their representative to identify the operational goals, develop project design criteria, propose options for the terminal layout, and prepare a set of concept-level drawings with material specifications to facilitate a high-level budgeting exercise. Highlights of our work include:
- Developed basis of design for marine structures
- Evaluated multiple marine structure configurations and phasing
- Developed concept-level designs for a 500-m long multi-purpose wharf, a mini cruise dock, and mooring dolphins
- Performed berthing and mooring analyses
- Seismic analyses
- Evaluated global stability of the shoreline
- Prepared a preliminary bill of quantities (BOQ)
SGH helped the owner by evaluating advantages and disadvantages of multiple terminal layouts, considering anticipated operations and the regions’ future business needs.