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Industrial Port of Gdansk Drainage Solution from HAURATON

The importance of robust and durable port drainage channels

Cargo ports play an important role in the transportation of global goods. They are the gateway to vital international trade and have the responsibility of handling over 95 per cent of the UK’s imports and exports.

This type of infrastructure needs efficient surface water drainage systems to prevent operational disturbances when extreme weather conditions occur. The port drainage systems must have the essential requirements to cope with the operative demands of the surface area.


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Requirement factors for port drainage systems

Cargo ports and container terminals deliver the most challenging environments for surface drainage systems. Why?

1. Exposure to heavy vehicles

RECYFIX HICAP installed at container port

Terminal tractors, forklifts, heavy good vehicles (HGVs) or reach stackers are used to move and transport shipping containers. The most commonly used container for international transportation of ocean freight goods is 40-foot. These alone can have a maximin allowable weight of 29 tons, with reach stackers having a load capacity over 100 tons. 

Heavy-duty vehicles can put immense pressure on port drainage systems. They need to be robust, durable and secure enough to withstand such extreme heavy loads being imposed by operational vehicles. Also, taking into consideration dynamic forces from vehicles turning, braking and accelerating on the surface.

    2. Volume of traffic

    RECYFIX HICAP installed at a container port

    As many container ports run a 24-hour logistics operation, surfaces will be subjected to a high frequency of traffic.

    With bearing in mind, the heavily trafficked surface will be by heavy-duty operational vehicles, the port drainage system must have a high-level of resilience to cope with demands from continual load-bearing forces.

      3. Contaminated surfaces

      DRAINFIX CLEAN installed to capture pollutants from contaminated surfaces

      Various chemicals and surface pollutants can often occur as a result of everyday port operations. Hydrocarbons (fuel, oils etc), heavy metals (e.g. brake dust), plastic or rubber particles and even hazardous substances can be deposited on the surface.

      These pollutants can pose a significant threat to the local environment, as they can seep into coastal waters or drain into natural watercourses or sewer networks.

      HAURATON provides efficient surface water treatment with DRAINFIX CLEAN that assists with cleansing surface water run-off from heavy-duty operational areas. Get in touch to find out more.

        4. Corrosive environment

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        Cargo ports are often mucky, greasy and corrosive environments. Surface drainage is exposed to a range of corrosive elements such as saline conditions, ground sulphates, high humidity, extreme temperatures, strong UV radiation, sand abrasion, hydrocarbon fuels, loose raw materials and much more.

        Drainage systems for ports and container terminals must-have solutions that are designed with materials that are robust and durable with a high-level of resistance to corrosives.

          5. Extensive surfaces

          RECYFIX HICAP installed within a port

          Heavy rainfall and extreme weather conditions will produce large volumes of surface water run-off from hard vast surface areas.

          Together with efficient drainage design, accurate calculations and correct selection of a port drainage system with sufficient hydraulic capacity, ensures surface areas are drained effectively to maintain a smooth operation and a safe working environment.

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            Drainage solutions for ports and container terminals

            HAURATON has supplied surface drainage systems to over 100 major ports, container terminals and harbours around the world. Understanding the certain acquirements drainage has to withstand, makes HAURATON’s port drainage systems known for their reliability and overall performance.

            Included below are three separate drainage systems that meet the challenges of drainage for ports and container terminals.

            RECYFIX HICAP: high hydraulic capacity for heavy loads

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            RECYFIX HICAP is suitable for draining large catchment areas and can withstand dynamic forces and extreme loads up to F 900 loading class.

            • Channel body manufactured from 100% recycled composite fitted with a high-quality ductile iron slot inlet

            • Drainage and large retention volume in one system

            • Lightweight and easy to handle on-site (complies with one-man-lift)

            • Resistant to fuels/oils, frost, salts and UV-rays

            RECYFIX HICAP installed in Sunderland Port
            RECYFIX HICAP installed within an industrial port

            FASERFIX SUPER: fibre-reinforced concrete channel for extreme loads

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            FASERFIX SUPER drainage channel is ideal for heavily trafficked surfaces from load-bearing vehicles which are used for ports and container terminals.

            • Maximum lateral stability through extra thick sidewalls for extra security against heavy loads and lateral forces

            • SIDE-LOCK boltless locking system with additional 8-bolt fixing providing extra protection against horizontal movements

            • Fire resistance class A1 (not flammable) according to DIN 4102

            • KTL (cathodic dip coated) ductile iron gratings for corrosion resistance

            DRAINFIX CLEAN: surface drainage and rainwater treatment

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            Effective and ecological treatment of pollutants from surface water run-off of areas up to the F 900 loading class. Contaminates are captured and retained within a filter substrate, allowing purified water to be released back into natural watercourses or sewer networks.

            • Drainage, retention, treatment and discharging all in one system

            • High retention capacity even during extreme weather conditions

            • Strong and durable with resistance against frost, salts, chemicals, extreme temperatures and UV light

            • Extremely long maintenance intervals

            Port drainage solutions for harbours, quays and passenger terminals

            FASERFIX KS installed within passenger boarding for cruise ship

            HAURATON provides a wide range of linear drainage systems suitable for coastal and waterside areas accessed by the general public, such as marina’s, harbours and maritime passenger terminals serving cruise ships and ferries.

            These areas require surface drainage systems with the following characteristics:

            • Strong, safe and practical system design for public areas subject to heavy pedestrian use

            • High level of corrosion resistance for long-term durability in environments with harsh conditions

            • Decorative or discreet features to complement or enhance the aesthetic design

            • Drainage, filtering and treatment of surface water pollutants to assist with the protection of the marine environment

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