Easter Island, located in the Pacific Ocean 3700km to the west
of continental Chile, is dependent on shipping to supply goods for
the local population and for its growing tourism
industry. The island, however, lacks a sheltered
all-weather port. Ships that arrive to the island unload goods
offshore onto smaller boats. These boats unload the goods at a
small-scale dock in Hanga-Piko. This system delays the
delivery of goods to the island and increases transport costs.
GHD was contracted by the Chilean Public Works Department to
carry out the pre-feasibility engineering studies to determine
where to build an island port based on marine, environmental,
land-use, cultural, social and economic considerations. GHD
Chile’s Port Group led the project, supported by the
Water team (modelling the wave conditions) and the
Environmental team (assessing the environmental, social
and cultural aspects of each port site).
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