Facts and Figures

Seabird Navy Port


Boskalis Smit India LLP in cooperation with Terramare Oy and Rock Fall Ltd

Seabird Phase II project, Karwar, India | Client: Seabird Navy Port

Terramare has participated in underwater drilling and blasting work at the major Seabird Phase II project in Karwar, India. The contract is related to a significant expansion of the Indian naval base INS Kadamba.








Project’s significance
Terramare has participated in the Seabird Phase II megaproject on the west coast of India. The site is located in Karwar, Karnataka, where the Indian naval base INS Kadamba opened in 2005. In the Seabird Phase II project, launched in 2017, a new kind of naval base is being developed by expanding existing harbour structures. The expansion will enable the more efficient stationing, operation and maintenance of fleet vessels. Seabird Phase II is a project of national significance for India. The project has been commissioned by the Indian Navy, assisted by the consultant firm Aecom.

Project’s implementation
The expansion of the major Seabird Phase II project included underwater drilling and blasting. The work was implemented by six Terramare hydraulic drilling towers and other equipment, which were installed on the deck of a locally leased work pontoon. The underwater drilling and blasting project was the responsibility of the local company Boskalis Smit India LLP, which implemented the project in cooperation with Terramare, Rock Fall and Boskalis. The main contractor in the overall project is L&T – ISDPL JV, which is a consortium formed by the companies Larsen & Toubro Ltd and International Seaport Dredging Pvt Ltd (ISDPL).

Terramare barge masters Lassi Rantapelkonen and Henri Hulkkonen, from Finland, and the Boskalis barge master Andrew Gray, from Scotland, participated in the international underwater drilling and blasting team, which also included other experts from the UK, Portugal and India. Michael Seckington and Tristan Forsythe served as site managers.
The underwater drilling and blasting was implemented in an area of 86,550 m2, from which a total of 63,811 m3 of rock waste was removed. The rock waste was removed by Boskalis’ large 72-metre backhoe dredger Magnor (2,312 GT), which has a bucket capacity of up to 40 m3.

Read more > Boskalis Nordic Today magazine  01-2019