The Port of Constanta is in continuous change seeking to optimise its capacity to accommodate new businesses while improving the existing infrastructure. The lighter berth is an example of better use for the existing infrastructure.
The lighter berth in Constanta Port was built in 1976 to unload quarry stone used to the extension of the Northern breakwater. Subsequently, the berth had accommodated a concrete plat for precast elements required in the construction of the breakwater structure and crown. Since 1990, the berth has not been used, and the Port Administration has decided to give it a commercial purpose by adding a quaywall that would add a 36000 sqm land to be used as cereal terminal. Current arrangement has not been sufficiently safe to cereal ships up to 65000 twd and a 240-m length, hence a new extension has been considered.
The extension project involves the addition of a quaywall with a length of 170 m: 85 m quay extension south of the existing berth and 85 m perpendicular to the quaywall. Works started in April 2013 and they are scheduled to complete by the end of 2014.