This project involved the field studies and development of an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) in support of the expansion of the deepwater port in Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas. The project expands the Port’s harbor by over 425 acres adding 9 additional cargo, container and cruise berths. The basin will be to -52’ MLW which accommodates post Panamax vessels.
To complete the EIA, environmental surveys and ecological characterization was performed to quantify and qualify the extent of direct and indirect impacts that are anticipated as the result of the harbor expansion. The completed EIA also addresses construction and operational impacts including blasting, flood risks, harbor circulation, habitat loss, dust suppression and air quality.
The EIA has been Approved in Principle by the Grand Bahama Port Authority and the project is now progressing into the Public Participation phase. Excavation of the 255 acre harbor expansion area is to commence in June, 2014. Additionally, approximately 170 acres of supporting cargo handling area is also being created with the project
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