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Project Experience

Location: Island of Weno, State of Chuuk, Federated States of Micronesia
Client: Barrett Consulting Group, Inc.
9675 Business Park Avenue, San Diego, California 92131
Contact: Mr. Marcos Lopez, P.E, Project Manager
Year Completed: 1993
Project Scope:

The Weno Seaport area is the hub of commerce within the State of Chuuk.  This area supports the import of international cargo and fuels; the limited export of raw copra to Japan; the transshipment of intra-State cargo; the transport of outer island residents to and from Weno; and the transshipment of fish harvested from Chuuk State vessels.

The master plan was prepared to revise earlier design concepts for port expansion and develop a new incremental plan for the improvement and expansion of the Seaport.  Following an evaluation of existing facilities, development issues and options, the plan outlines five recommended development phases for future port improvement and expansion.  Close coordination was made with local leaders and Chuuk State officials who provided valuable insights to all phases of the master plan. 

A detailed analysis was made of international and intra-State marine cargo traffic.  These analyses provided the basis for forecasting future international vessel and intra-State vessel traffic and anticipated volumes of marine cargo.  A statistical model was used to calculate future space requirements for cargo handling, transit, and storage for break bulk, container, and CFS cargo. 

Because of existing conflicts within the Seaport area, commercial port facility proposals were supplemented with alternate and recommended concepts for small boat facility moorage.  Pedestrian safety considerations and the need for improved vehicular circulation in the Nepukos area prompted recommendations for the redevelopment of a commercial/industrial area that will ultimately generate greater local employment.

An economic analysis was also made of the existing Seaport in light of potential opportunities for international financial support from the U.S. and Japan.  A net-present value analysis was made of anticipated project costs, as well as economic benefits that will derived from initial construction, increased incoming cargo, increased fisheries, and commercial redevelopment.