Sikuki Nuuk Harbour

The development in Greenland is rapidly increasing, resulting in the expansion of infrastructure like the Harbour in Nuuk, where a new container terminal has been built, in order to cooperate with the increased cargo transport to and from Greenland.

Changes in the Infrastructure

The new container terminal in Nuuk is one of the largest infrastructure projects in the recent Greenlandic history. The new modern container terminal is, as the only port in Greenland, equipped with mobile harbour cranes that can load and unload the containers directly from the ships. This allows more containers on board since there are no need for cranes on deck. At the same time, it also provides an infrastructure with a shorter “turn around time” on freight to and from Greenland as they can sail directly to the new container terminal in Nuuk, unload the containers, and return straight away.
The project comprises approx. 47,000 m2 of container area with space for both ordinary goods, container goods and an area with both cooling and freezing. Load and unloading of the ships is done by mobile cranes, powered by both solar oil and power. The new quayside stretches over 310 meters through both rocky hills and sediments. The project also includes a terminal building, a warehouse and a workshop for port equipment.

The terminal will be modernized so that it can secure freight to and from Greenland for the next many years, and furthermore is up to date with the newer modern ships used for cargo transportation.

Inooraq Brandt

Project manager
+299 52 84 92

A Project Involving Many Parties

In 2014, Sikuki Nuuk Habour was founded. Orbicon Arctic was chosen as the project manager, in order to prepare the technical specifications for the contract. 
Due to the large scale of the project, the new container terminal and the changes in the infrastructure involved many different parties. It has required extensive coordination of the engineering and construction, including road and bridge construction from another developer, as well as technical infrastructure, incl. electricity and telecommunications, and water and sewerage. Orbicon Arctic has therefore worked with the risk management so that the challenges were identified as early in the process as possible, so that any relevant actions were incorporated into the project. This has resulted in the best possible technical solution and prize for the involved clients.

The terminal will be modernized so that it can secure freight to and from Greenland for the next many years, and furthermore is up to date with the newer modern ships used for cargo transportation.

Project
Client
Sikuki Nuuk Harbor A/S
Location
Nuuk
Size
Terminal 47,000 m2
Partners
Architect
TNT Nuuk
Competencies
Role
Technical and supervising project management