Concrete Barge Supports Mining Facility


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Title: Concrete Barge Supports Mining Facility

Author(s): ACI

Publication: Concrete International

Volume: 4

Issue: 3

Appears on pages(s): 35-38

Keywords: concrete construction; harbor structures; ships.

Date: 3/1/1982

A prestressed concrete honeycomb barge used as a floating platform to support a phosphate mining processing facility was constructed in Singapore and towed to Baja, California. The barge’s honeycomb structural system was constructed by both cast-in-place and precast methods. The barge has excellent hull rigidity, durability, and towing characteristics. By floating a mineral processing plant on this concrete barge, the mining of low-grade phosphate ore was made economically feasible.