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High Loading Capacity
The New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal’s high capacity quayside is supported by a complex system of cofferdams, a pile-supported marginal wharf and geotechnically-competent, dense aggregate that allows for heavy uniform and concentrated loads.
Whereas many ports have a small quayside area specifically designated as the single hard point, over 21 acres of the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal’s main Terminal site has the ability to sustain uniform loads of 4,100 pounds per square foot (20 metric tons per square meter) and concentrated loads of up to 20,485 pounds per square foot (100 metric tons per square meter). This loading capacity allows for cranes of all sizes to be mobile throughout the site, increasing the efficiency of the work and providing logistical flexibility.
The highest uniform load capacity cargo facility quayside on the East Coast, the Terminal is capable of supporting a 1,350 metric ton crane lifting a 500 metric ton load at 30 meters along the entire 1,000-foot (305-meter) new bulkhead and throughout the more than 21-acre main facility.