oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Design of a new permanent wharf at Rupert's Bay, St Helena Island

Volume 24, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1021-2000



The island of St Helena is a British territory located in the Atlantic ocean, 2 900 km from South America, 1 800 km due west of Angola and approximately 1 600 km south of the equator. Because of its remote location, access to the island over the years has always been difficult, involving six day voyages there and back from Cape Town on the RMS St Helena. Since she was built in 1989, the vessel has been transporting passengers and supplies to the island. Development of the island's port infrastructure facilities was under consideration for a number of years, and when a contract to design, construct and operate a new international airport on the island was awarded to a Basil Read-led consortium in 2011, the design process for these marine facilities in Rupert's Bay was initiated. A summary of this process and the unique challenges faced during the course of this project are discussed in this article.

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