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Floating Transfer Dock – Convent, LA

Location: Convent, LA

Matrix PDM Engineering provided final engineering and procurement assistance services to Nucor for a floating transfer dock. The client needed a dock design that would allow unloading cape size ships early in the project, with minimal capital expenditure, and that would also accommodate the construction of a fixed dock at the later stages of the project.

Matrix PDM Engineering prepared a design similar to that of a floating dock it recently completed nearby but included significant modifications to accommodate plans for a future fixed dock.

The floating transfer dock option was significantly more economical in the interim and enabled the client to decrease initial capital costs and construction time.

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Scope of Work

  • Designed to accommodate Panamax to small cape size vessels
  • Two captive barges will provide a nearly 600-foot long floating dock that accommodates the unloading conveyor system
  • Two new breasting dolphins consisting of dual 96-inch diameter monopiles
  • Four new mooring dolphins
  • 96-inch diameter monopiles to handle ship breast mooring lines
  • One new anchor buoy for ship head mooring lines
  • Design includes provisions for ship-to-barge unloading
  • Ping installed to reconnect the unloading arm
  • Existing evacuation pump relocated to the new dock area

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