Hill team to design, manage Greek port expansion project

WCN Editorial Team 9 Sep 2019 EUROPE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

A consortium led by American construction consulting firm Hill International has signed an agreement with the Thessaloniki Port Authority (THPA) to provide design and project management services for the expansion of the marine works infrastructure of Pier 6.

Hill International is the leader of the consortium, which includes Rogan Associates.

The Port of Thessaloniki in northern Greece is a major transportation hub for Southeast Europe as part of the Core Network of the Trans-European Transport Network.

The port covers approximately 1.5m m² and hosts a variety of activities, including servicing cargo, ferry/passenger shipping, and cruises, in addition to the Port of Thessaloniki free zone operating under the tax and customs legislation.

After the conclusion of an international privatisation process in March 2018, the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund signed a shares purchase agreement with South Europe Gateway Thessaloniki (SEGT), a group of international investors, for the acquisition of 67% in THPA.

In accordance with the terms of the concession agreement, THPA is required to implement a minimum of €180m (£161m) capital expenditure programme to upgrade the port, with the main project relating to the expansion of Pier 6 marine works infrastructure.

The project will involve the construction of an additional quay wall with a continuous length of 440m, of which at least 400m will provide a minimum draught of -17.60m MSL (mean sea level).

The project also includes the construction of additional yard area; complementary infrastructure works for the operation of the new quay wall and the corresponding yard, including dredging of navigation channel and ship manoeuvring area at a minimum water depth of -17.60m MSL; pavements at the yard area; and utilities networks.

The project duration is 46 months and the consortium will provide a range of services, including the update and preparation of the detailed design, management of the construction procurement tender, and project management/supervision during construction.

Hill’s vice president and managing director for Southern Europe Manolis Sigalas said: “The upgrade of the Port of Thessaloniki is an investment of particular significance for the city, but also fostering cross-border synergies in Southeast Europe and promoting regional growth.

“This award augments our global port projects portfolio and is reflective of our distinct capabilities in the region.

“We are truly honored and, together with our partners, we look forward to working hard with all stakeholders involved for the project’s successful delivery.”

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Image: Hill team to design, manage Greek port expansion project. Photo: Courtesy of Thessaloniki Port Authority S.A.

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