Strong Growth with Tie Rods: Pecém Harbor

Pecém Harbor in northeastern Brazil, located approximately 60km from the city of Fortaleza, is one of the two largest harbors in the federal state of Ceará. From 2009 to 2014, the harbor had a consistently high growth rate. From January to September 2014, a total of 6.4 million tons of goods were handled here, which corresponds to a 61% rise in comparison to the same period of the previous year.

The harbor, which was opened in 2002, is being extensively expanded in 3 phases and is being modernized in order to be able to handle 480,000 containers instead of the current 212,000 containers per year in the future.

The berths of the deep sea harbor are protected by an L-shaped breakwater. The two piers are connected to the mainland by a bridge that also connects the storage yard and the berths.

The second phase of the expansion includes the construction of a new, approximately 1.5km long access bridge to the harbor area, new drainage facilities and the lengthening, widening and rehabilitation of the existing breakwater. Another part of the second phase is the expansion of the wharf by 600m and the construction of several new piers.

DYWIDAG Tie Rods were used for reinforcing the beams of the new piers. In total, Protendidos DYWIDAG supplied 5,138m of 50mm Ø GEWI® Tie Rods including accessories. The tie rods were needed in this area to prevent damage caused by high tides at the piers.


Cearáportos – Companhia de Integração Portuária do Ceará, Brazil

Joint Venture, consisting of Marquise Infraestrutura, Queiroz Galvão S.A. and Ivaí Engenharia de Obras S.A., all of them Brazil

Joint Venture, consisting of Planave S.A. and RAM Ltda., both Brazil

Ivaí Engenharia de Obras S.A., BrazilQueiroz Galvão S.A., BrazilJoint Venture, consisting of Marquise Infraestrutura, Brazil