McDuffie Coal Terminal

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Location: Mobile, AL
Client: Alabama State Port Authority

The McDuffie Coal Terminal at the Port of Mobile significantly expanded the port’s import and export capacity. The Alabama State Port Authority tabbed Volkert to provide design and engineering services for this vital infrastructure expansion.

Volkert was responsible for the preliminary and final design of the facility, now capable of transloading over 23 million tons of coal annually.  The project began in 1972 and expanded in three phases, the last completed in 1983.

Volkert provided feasibility studies and budget estimates for a bond prospectus for the 96-acre facility. Volkert also provided conceptual plans, shop drawing review, construction site inspection, and assistance with progress payments for these phases.

The McDuffie Terminal achieved a number of “firsts”:

  • first continuous bucket elevator barge unloader with outboard supports
  • innovative hands-off barge haul system using remote-controlled clamping apparatus
  • one of the first uses of 36-inch-square prestressed concrete piling on the Gulf Coast
  • unique shuttling main boom ship loader
  • the largest rotary car dumper to date

The designs were developed for efficiency of operation and substantial cost savings. The facility is capable of fleeting up to one hundred 1,500-DWT river barges simultaneously.

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Scope of Work: Feasibility Studies, Facility Master Plan, Preliminary Design, Contract Design, Bid and Award Administration, Construction Management, Construction Engineering and Inspection

 

Completed in 1983, it is the nation’s largest coal import terminal and has received worldwide recognition, including notable engineering awards:

STATE OF ALABAMA ENGINEERING HALL OF FAME – 1994

HONOR AWARD FOR ENGINEERING EXCELLENCE – 1984

American Consulting Engineers Council