Mining Port Development

A multi-user port was developed for the primary purpose of exporting minerals mined from a new ilmenite mine. Secondary use for the $145 million project includes general cargo, cruise ships, fuel vessels and third party shipping to develop and expand the local economy.

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Rio Tinto plc
Fort Dauphin, Madagascar
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Fort Dauphin, Madagascar

Project Highlights

Detailed studies were conducted for locating the port as well as all analysis, design, and construction management of the project. Various investigations were undertaken throughout the 1990s and detailed project work took six years, concluding in 2009.


  • 650m long berm breakwater
  • 500m berth length
  • Dredging for 60,000 DWT vessels
  • Quarry development for 3 million tonnes of stone
  • Comprehensive navigation aids system

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Project Challenges

  • Meet aggressive schedule to begin exporting materials to meet market demands and capital budget.
  • Remote site with limited existing infrastructure making construction difficult.
  • Aggressive and complex wave climate in the southern Indian Ocean.
  • Coordinate multiple international contractors.

Baird Solutions

  • Strong project management minimized delay and improved constructability.
  • Use of a two-stage bidding process involved rigorous vetting of the contractor’s approach.
  • Extensive modeling and simulation to minimize berth downtime.
  • Full-time construction management and constant coordination with the client throughout the project.

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