The Barcelona Container Terminal, part of Grup TCB, has introduced an asphalt pavement solution that will be applied on its yard as part of its proposed expansion project, scheduled for completion in mid-2013.
Stone mastic asphalt has an increased resistance to cracking and rutting compared to conventional asphalt mixtures. It is necessary because of the high stress levels of South Pier Terminal pavements in the Port of Barcelona, Grup TCB said in a written statement.
The asphalt solution was found by the port operator’s Department of Design and Construction. It was created by a group led by Grup TCB’s engineers that, together with the Detailed Design Agency and the fiber provider Rettenmaier Ibérica, in collaboration with the applicator enterprise VIASFALT, designed a pavement with specific solutions in different asphalt pavement layers.
The paving is being done on vials of 24 new hectares (about 59 acres). The TCB expansion project, implemented by COPISA and VIASFALT, includes extending the mooring line by 150 meters (about 492 feet), reaching a total length of 4,970 feet; enabling two different terminal accesses for entry and exit of cargo; and installing six automatic doors fitted with optical character recognition for monitoring traffic.
After these implementations, it is expected that container movements will increase by 0.9 million 20-foot-equivalent units, reaching 2.3 million TEUs capacity per year. Additionally, the rail terminal will have six rail tracks.