Geoquip Marine recently completed a major geotechnical campaign in the Pacific Ocean for the port of San Antonio, offshore Chile.

Chile’s main port, the Port of San Antonio, is located in the central part of the country and is the closest port to the capital, Santiago. The project encompasses a new container terminal basin with a 3,500 m berthing line, which will allow for future port infrastructure as of the next decade, when it is estimated that demand will exceed the current capacity.

Geoquip Marine successfully completed the first phase of nearshore geotechnical investigations for this mega infrastructure project. The acquired geotechnical data will support the design activities related to the construction of the large-scale port in San Antonio. Geoquip Marine was solely responsible for the fieldwork and laboratory testing of the acquired samples, the data acquired is currently used to support dredge-ability studies and various foundation studies (for quayside, berths, etc…).

Geoquip Marine mobilised its dedicated geotechnical drilling vessel, the MV Investigator, to San Antonio to execute twenty-two geotechnical boreholes varying in depths from 30 to 40 metres. The water depth on site varied from 10 to 40 metres.