Brazil, Tencate Geosynthetics

International Achievement Awards
Tencate Geosynthetics has earned a top prize in the International Achievement Awards for its port construction solutions in Brazil.

TenCate Geosynthetics has received the International Achievement Award of Excellence for design excellence in geosynthetic applications regarding the Embraport Container and Bulk Fuel Terminal in Port of Santos, Brazil.
The Embraport Container and Bulk Fuel Terminal was permitted for construction on the north shore of Port of Santos, Brazil, estuary in a tidal zone that would require large volumes of expensive select fill to be imported to reach the design platform elevation. As a result, through the sediment sampling process, it was determined that the required access channel and turning basin were overlaid with 600,000 cubic meters of contaminated sediments that must be removed and deposited in a secure upland disposal facility. This finding and required action increased the cost and construction timeline of the project.
Economic alternative
The project owner was searching for creative and less expensive alternatives to traditional engineering solutions. TenCate Geosynthetics and Allonda, the TenCate representative in Brazil, proposed to combine the concept of containment within the project site footprint utilizing TenCate Geotube® dewatering technology to securely contain the contaminated sediments over which the container yard would be constructed. This unique beneficial use concept eliminated the requirement for an upland disposal facility which would require the purchase of additional land for this facility eliminating the 600,000 cubic meters of expensive imported select fill.
Sustainable solution
Brazil, International Achievement Awards
Port of Santos, Brazil, is home to South America’s largest container terminal. Photo by Claus Bunks

Because the owner selected and implemented the TenCate Geotube® containment and dewatering solution for onsite beneficial use of dredged contaminated sediments, the owner realized a savings of more than 50 million USD. This unique TenCate concept allowed for the construction to be completed within the allowable time frame, and met all of the Brazilian environmental regulations with regard to removal and containment of the contaminated sediments, quality of effluent return to the native environment and service life of the project. The carbon footprint was reduced by 7,903 metric tons of CO2 equivalent by utilizing the TenCate Geotube® containment and dewatering technology, to securely contain and consolidate the dredged contaminated sediments onsite.


TenCate Geosynthetics develops solutions and systems for transportation infrastructure, water management & cleaning, and environmental applications, delivered through synthetic woven, nonwoven, and knitted products. TenCate Geosynthetics has factories in North America, Europe and Asia.
Royal Ten Cate (TenCate) is a multinational company which combines textile technology with related chemical processes and material technology in the development and production of functional materials with distinctive characteristics. Products of TenCate are sold worldwide. Systems and materials from TenCate come under four areas of application: safety & protection, space & aerospace, infrastructure & the environment, and sport & recreation. TenCate occupies leading positions in protective fabrics, composites for space and aerospace, antiballistics, geosynthetics and synthetic turf. TenCate is listed on the NYSE Euronext (AMX).
Source: Tencate Geosynthetics