The economy of the Falkland Islands depends upon marine access, and the Falkland Interim Port and Storage System (FIPASS) has provided that since 1984.  New Port facilities are now required to serve both the needs of the traditional industries today and support economic growth.  The overall Project objectives are:

  • Develop a port to meet the needs of the Falkland Islands
  • Replace FIPASS but allow continued operation of FIPASS until the new Port is available for use through a phased handover to the new port through simultaneous operations
  • Flexibility to meet future needs

Governance of the project is through a gateway process, based on the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) Plan of Work, with oversight from a FIG Project Board and Steering Group. The project is split into three stages, with decision gateways between each stage.

  • The first stage (One A) included stakeholder engagement, surveys, a demand study and Concept Design. At the end of Concept Design, FIG Executive Council reviewed plans for detailed design stage and approved the costs and activity schedule for the next stage.
  • The second stage (One B) includes Detailed Design, procurement activity for sub-contracts and completion of all key strategies - including decommissioning of FIPASS. It will conclude with another decision gateway where FIG will be asked to approve all costs and plans for construction.
  • The third stage will see a phased construction of the port.