28-07-2017

About dredging works


When choosing a location for the construction of a sea port, preference is given to a deep-sea natural bay. However, due to the absence of a natural bay in the coastal zone of the Kolkheti lowland, and taking into account the great importance of the construction of a new marine oil terminal for the Georgian economy and the whole region, in agreement with all interested international, governmental and non-governmental organizations, it was decided to build an oil terminal with a sea port in the village of Kulevi, in the Khobi District, at the mouth of the Khobistskali River.

 

The terminal infrastructure and port facilities were built on the left bank of the river. The inner harbor was formed by the artificial expansion and deepening of the river mouth. Since the natural slope of the seabed in front of the mouth of the Khobistskali River is flat (the coastal zone of the Black Sea in this area is characterized by shallow water), a deep sea channel with a length of 3.6 km and a width of 160 meters, with a turning basin 500 meters in diameter, was dredged in order for ships to enter the inner waters of the port.

 

The location of Kulevi port determines the specificity of its operation. Concretely, due to the location of the port's water area at the mouth of the river, to maintain navigational depths one has to perform dredging operations year-round. Particularly vulnerable from this point of view are the autumn-winter storm season and the period of river flooding, when harbor silting takes place.

 

Dredging works in Kulevi has been systematically carried out since 2005 with the dredger Marian B. As a result of the systemic monitoring of depths and the well-organized work of the port's personnel and the ship’s crew, this year, as in previous years, Kulevi port has operated successfully and without hindrance. On July 27, another large AFRAMAX tanker left Kulevi port, loaded with fuel oil.

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