Port of Kingston, Jamaica to be extended as a result of $147 million VINCI win
Global construction company Vinci has been awarded the 25-month contract to extend the port of Kingston, collaborating with Belgian company Jan de Nul to carry out vital works. Shipping Group CMA CGM is behind the recent decision, signalling further work between VINCI and CGM.
VINCI has been behind extensive work within Jamaica for the last 30 years, with VINCI Construction Grands Projets responsible for numerous sewer and water treatment systems within the island country.
“The contract covers, first and foremost, the refurbishment, reinforcement and upgrade to seismic standards of 1,200 metres of quays. The joint venture will also carry out dredging work in the access channel", VINCI has said.
"The operation will increase the alongside depth of the quays to enable them to handle container ships of larger capacity.”
“Coming a few days after the opening of the expanded Panama Canal, which accommodates the world's largest container ships, the contract to extend and refurbish the port of Kingston is a strategic move for the region. The port of Kingston is ideally located near the Panama Canal at the crossroads between the North/South and East/West sea lanes and will thus become one of the three main container terminals in the Caribbean.”
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China’s Broad Group builds 10-storey apartment in 28 hours
The China-based manufacturing enterprise Broad Group has managed to construct a 10-storey steel apartment building in just over a day. Constructed in the city of Changsha in China, the company used bolt-together modular units known as its “Living Building System”.
A video time-lapse showing the build process. Video: Broad Group.
Broad Group, a manufacturing company based in Changsha, constructs a range of air-conditioning, heating, and prefabricated structural units. It accomplished the challenge in 28 hours and 45 minutes, enlisting help from three cranes and an on-site workforce.
Broad Group’s “Living Building” system
Designed to be easy to transport and install, Broad Group’s “Living Building” system uses components that are able to fit into a standard shipping container, and then be bolted together when they reach the site. Ductwork and wiring are fitted directly by the factory, the company said.
As part of the system, Broad Group’s B-Core steel slabs are used as structural elements which, the company claims are 10-times lighter and 100-times stronger than conventional slabs. The company also says they have the ability to resist earthquakes and typhoons, and that it costs less than a carbon steel building and has low energy consumption.
Broad Group also says that buildings of up to 200 storeys, supertall towers, could be built using the same modules due to the B-Core steel slabs’ strength and lightness.
Other Broad Group projects
Broad Group has completed other significant projects in the past. In 2012, for instance, it attempted to build the tallest tower in the world in Changsha at 838m, which would have made it 10m taller than the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The company claimed it could have made the building, named Sky City, in just eight months. However, due to not receiving approval, it was never built.
In 2015, the company accomplished another “speed-build” challenge, constructing a 57-story tower using the “Living Building system”. It was completed in just 19 days.