In 2019 a published study by the National Confederation of Transport pointed that Brazil uses around 19 thousand kilometers of its waterways for commercial transportation – that is, of loads and passengers. However, this modal’s potential is still extremely underused since there’s already 63 thousand of navigable kilometers of water in rivers in our country.
Another key point for the underutilization of this modal is the lack of waterways. According to the same study mention above, the rivers that receive the vessels are not prepared for such; they only benefit from its own natural characteristics. The only structure that comes close to a waterway in Brazil it’s the Tietê-Paraná.
With wide experience in dredging operations, whether it’s in port channels or amplifying of drafts in river, Allonda counts on a specialized multidisciplinary team for the drawing and executing and operation of projects of waterway infrastructure.
How is the project of a waterway channel?
The service starts with study of the transport potential in a waterway, which defines the average necessary dimensions for the safety of vessels, the possible interreferences and how the execution of the service will be.
For the project’s success, it’s important that all investigations are thoroughly fulfilled. Allonda counts on cutting edge technology to make those surveys with precision and, from there, build assertive executive projects.
The following step is to dredge the waterway channels in order to amplify and mold the channels, bringing all security to the vessel. It’s necessary to call on professionals of many fields for this kind of operation, such as Environmental Engineering, who will study the environmental impacts, and Nautical Engineering, for the signaling and technical detailing.
Other areas such as Civil Engineering, responsible for the waterway structuring, and Chemical Engineering, for the treatment of sediments and possible contaminations existent in the area, are also crucial in waterway infrastructure projects.
Applicability of waterway infrastructure projects
The waterway infrastructure projects go beyond the waterway construction. It’s the kind of job that can also be necessary for the maintenance of existing structures, that suffer with silting throughout time and by the traffic of vessels.
Another common necessity is the silt removal of rivers, lakes and lagoons to avoid flood or amplify its capacity. Whatever need it is, Allonda has a prepared and experienced team to perform the project in the most efficient way, respecting environment and the involved communities.
Environmental Allonda has in its portfolio solutions for planning, execution and delivery of various dredging and silt removal projects in rivers, and also brings acquired experience along two decades. Another particularity is in its own equipment that are modern and has embedded technology, that also bring safety and efficiency for the operation.
The capacity to absorb other necessities of the project, such as the treatment of contaminated sediments and all the environmental licensing of the work, also position the company on the vanguard when it comes about waterway infrastructure projects.
Seen as vital for the country’s business, the maritime transportation has gained more and more importance due to the capacity to transport big loads of various segments for a competitive price in relation to other modals. With this, it’s becoming more and more necessary to think of the port development to understand this demand in a green way. It’s important to serve the market in a more agile and efficient way, avoiding unnecessary expanses that can directly impact on the competitive capacity of a product and even make it impossible to make abroad business.
Port zones are very sensible places for eventual environmental and social impacts. Counting on a company specialized in studies and mitigation of such risks is an important factor of competitiveness for the covered region. Allonda is prepared to execute port infrastructure projects that involve from the investment calculus that will be done for new works and current expansions to the mapping of possible logistic necks that need to improvement, in addition to studies on the expansion capacity thinking of a viable economic growth environmentally speaking. Besides, we have expertise to perform deep studies and construction plans, personnel training and equipment that allow optimizing the operational process of a port.
Planning of works and port infrastructure
Port infrastructure doesn’t involve only the port area. It englobes, amongst other areas, the waterway and railway access, which is how eventual transported load arrive at ports. This planning needs to be integrated with the idea of strengthening those chain links. A port that meets the draft requirements and counts on a system of modern operations can still suffer with logistics problems, because of problems in access ways.
This problem unleashes for example, the increase on shipment, which reflects on the final price, consequently, on the business competitiveness of the product.
The lack of planning can affect the development, shipment profit, expansion possibility of existent ports, besides the exploring of potential new ports – which can increase the exportation, generate jobs and new incomes for the states and federation.
Allonda’s specialist team gathers knowledge of logistics, hydraulic and port engineering to build the best solutions for the planning of infrastructure works, whether they are waterway terminals, or modernization or already existent structures.
Technologies and expertise
In this case, the idea is to focus on systems that can optimize waiting times of ships, before docking and the time they stay in the port for loading and unloading, among other possibilities.
See some examples of usage of those solutions:
- Meteocenographic stations that allow real time monitoring of the level of water, waves, maritime torrents and winds in the region. Such technology grants higher safety for vessels and docking. Besides, it also allows to subside the planning and execution of works with higher possibilities of success without it being necessary punctual remediations.
- Assistance system for the approximation of maneuvers in ships equipped with laser sensors, which send information in real time to mobile devices and integrated with meteoceanographic data of the place.
- Dynamic draft system with integrated forecast, in which is possible to put the data of each ship together with information of local ports and the made forecast based on locally measured data. With this, it’s possible to optimize the time of operation, wait and ship docking.
With such information it’s possible to make an integrated plan on the port operations, with a more precise time of loading and unloading, as well as better docking conditions and more efficient management of the home areas, evolution basins and channel.
Nowadays, in addition to logistic and operation experience, it’s necessary the know how over the forecasted areas and development of software and apps that allow to integrate those information with real time availability.
Developing different products is also fundamental – for it is the innovation that runs in Allonda’s veins. With our experience on the integration of multidisciplinary teams, we’re capable of reaching innovating and customized results fitting the necessity of each client.
Execution of works
Safety and time optimizing on the operations are used to being the objectives of port infrastructure projects. Allonda has the capacity to ally those primary growth goals, with average environmental impacts and the less possible interference on the local fauna, flora and hydrodynamic. We also contemplate the social impacts associated to development of surrounding communities.
We are prepared to execute studies of demand and tendencies and, through them, implement preventive solutions for risk mitigation. In cases of emergency necessities, Allonda has as its particularity the agility in analysis, drawing of solution and mobilization for the start of works.
Port infrastructure works have high complexity due to many integrations among areas and treat with the environment. The successful planning of a port goes through all surrounding area, as well as through the access ways. In most cases, many companies are involved in this process, which demands studies and integration so that all necks are solved.
Allonda has a work philosophy completely aligned with green development, seeking cost decrease for its clients always thinking in green ways to fulfill its works.
Our expertise in environmental solutions presents itself as an important differential when it’s time to mitigate impacts on the environment, always applying the best available technologies.