The economy of the Falkland Islands depends upon marine access, and the Falkland Interim Port and Storage System (FIPASS) has provided that since 1984.  New Port facilities are now required to serve both the needs of the traditional industries today and support economic growth.  The overall Project objectives are:

  • Develop a port to meet the needs of the Falkland Islands
  • Replace FIPASS but allow continued operation of FIPASS until the new Port is available for use through a phased handover to the new port through simultaneous operations
  • Flexibility to meet future needs

Key requirements for the new Port include:

  • a minimum design working life of 50 years
  • jetty berthing capacity 400m x 60m wide
  • roll on, roll off facility to increase flexibility in Port operations, supporting the Concordia Bay ferry and coastal shipping service
  • Area for tugs and harbour support craft
  • separation of operations at the berth
  • Preference for a solid (fixed) berthing (in place of the floating FIPASS facility)
  • Depth to be at least the same as the depth currently available at FIPASS

Governance of the project is through a gateway process, based on the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) Plan of Work, with oversight from a FIG Project Board and Steering Group. The project will be split into three stages, with decision gateways between each stage.

  • The first stage (One A) includes stakeholder engagement, surveys, a demand study and Concept Design. At the end of Concept Design, FIG Executive Council will review plans for detailed design stage and be asked to approve the costs and activity schedule for the next stage.
  • The second stage (One B) will see agreement of Detailed Design, ending with another decision gateway for FIG to approve costs and plans for construction.
  • The third stage will see a phased construction of the port.