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2011 Facilities Engineering Award Winner

ALABAMA STATE PORT AUTHORITY - "Pinto Island Terminal Design/Build Project"

The concept for this project emerged during an economic develop­ment recruitment process targeting ThyssenKrupp’s proposed $4.7 billion carbon steel processing facility in the U.S. – a development that would bring approximately 2,700 jobs to Alabama.  Following ThyssenKrupp’s May 2007 announcement that it would bring its steel operations to Alabama, the port authority had until December 2010 to design and build a complete steel handling terminal that could accommodate post-Panamax vessels carrying an estimated 4.1 million tons of inbound carbon steel slabs annually from Brazil and Germany.

In late February 2010, approximately 10,000 lbs. of steel slabs were successfully offloaded at the new Pinto Island Terminal, signifying the project’s completion – on time and under budget.  Today the terminal is operating at full capacity.

Strategically located on Pinto Island in Mobile Bay, the terminal can accommodate an annual throughput of more than five million tons and incorporates design innovation and first-of-its-kind technology to reduce operational redundancy, labor and time, improve safety and manage risk.