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Musandam Rock Loading Facility, Oman - A Case Study

Author(s): Carsten Sorensen; Jorgen S. Steenfelt; Hossam E. Ali

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Keywords: Musandam; Design; Jetty; Causeway; Wind; Wave; Down time; Seismic; Soil; Liquefaction; Piling

Abstract: The Musandam Peninsula in Oman is considered a potential important development area for the Oman economy, considering fields like quarry exploitation, fishery, tourism, etc. While at the same time providing opportunities this area also exercise challenges to development and to construction, not least when it comes to Coastal and Marine developments. This paper presents through a case study various marine engineering opportunities and challenges that may typically be encountered in the Musandam Peninsula area. The paper discusses these challenges in general and focusses on: -exposure to met-ocean environment–operational down time; -exposure to seismic hazards and zoning; -exposure to varying soil strata and conditions; -exposure to liquefaction and the design life; -design optimization during planning; -design optimization during construction; -and adoption of new alternative pile plugging method. The project development used for exemplifying the above is the Musandam Rock Loading Facility located close to the Strait of Hormuz, in Aisha Bay, Oman. The facility designed is divided into three operational parts: -Jetty for Bulk Loading of Vessels up to 80,000 dwt and Barges; -Berth for Armour Rock Loading of Barges; -and Single Point Mooring for Barges. The Jetty and Berth are connected to shore by a Causeway that simultaneously provides sheltering for the Barge berth but leaves the Jetty fully exposed to sea conditions. The facility is currently under construction and nears completion.


Year: 2010

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