Inauguration of Carabane landing port

Egis, head engineer

On Saturday 6 July 2013, Senegal inaugurated the new landing port at Carabane. Plans to relaunch the Dakar – Ziguinchor sea route started up after the September 2002 disaster of the sinking of MV Le Joola. The former capital of Casamance thus sees the completion of a key element of infrastructure for its island, which is both a national heritage and a tourist destination. Egis was head engineer for the construction of the landing port.

Image credit © Egis

09 July 2013



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A project with ambition

Egis has acquired long-standing knowledge of Senegal since the 1960s, in particular through design studies carried out for the Dakar landing and the full engineering assignment for rebuilding the port of Ziguinchor. It was in 2009 that the group was selected to carry out the engineering, procurement and construction management for the Carabane landing port.

The aim of Senegal, through its Fisheries and Maritime Affairs Ministry and the National Maritime Affairs Agency (ANAM), is the overall enhancement of the Dakar - Carabane - Ziguinchor sea service via the construction of a safer landing dock. The new landing port guarantees totally safe mooring conditions to modern vessels operating the service.

The project had to meet political, economic and social concerns in a particularly sensitive climate. The new landing port primarily aimed to support the regional production of Carabane and trade with the Dakar market in order to develop and open up the Casamance region.

The inauguration was also the opportunity to pay tribute to the famous Senegalese art painter Malang Badji, who passed away in April 2013.


Egis’ assignments

The Carabane landing port is an achievement delivered at the end of a several-stage design and construction supervision process managed by Egis teams.

They initially carried out the design studies for the landing dock including:

  • Carrying out an assessment of the current state of affairs and the analysis of requirements with contributions from the local population and the State and national authorities;
  • Selecting the best site allowing for unassisted mooring of vessels and accounting for currents and the forecasted change in the seabed;
  • Formulating the development plan for a landing dock suited to natural, economic, logistical and environmental conditions on a preliminary design level (APS)
  • Producing the Advanced Preliminary Design (APD) of the landing dock following a series of topographical, bathymetric and geotechnical surveys;
  • Drawing up the Request for Proposals (RFP) for construction

Egis also conducted the environmental and community impact survey on the island, home to many historical artefacts and candidate for UNESCO World Heritage listing.

Finally, the teams at Egis also carried out the supervision of construction works by ensuring compliance with the philosophy of the project through to its completion.