Construction of a cruise terminal

Construction of a cruise terminal
Construction of a cruise terminal
Construction of a cruise terminal
Construction of a cruise terminal
With our partners Saint-Pierrais STP and STR, we built a cruise terminal in St. Pierre and Miquelon.
This structure will be used to develop tourism in the archipelago by 2022.




  • Client: Prefecture of St. Pierre and Miquelon
  • Prime Contractor: SETEC International
  • Duration of works: 5 months
  • Amount: €5 Million

Distinctive features and constraints 

  • Major weather constraints: no work possible in winter, teams organized in two 8-hour shifts
  • Complex logistics: isolated archipelago, accommodation constraint
  • Covid period: 7-day quarantine for construction site teams

63 piles in 3 and a half months

  • The weather conditions on this archipelago, located off the coast of North America, east of Canada, are very harsh in winter, preventing any work from October to April.
  • We therefore needed to adapt our approach to complete the pile driving in 3 and a half months instead of the usual 6 months under normal circumstances.
  • So our teams worked in 2 8-hour shifts from May to August, i.e. 17 out of 24 hours.
  • This organization enabled us to install 63 piles serving as the foundation for the quay supplied by STP.

Have you heard of the Dinardaise drilling method?

  • Placing piles generally involves anchoring to sizeable rock, which is done by trepanning or pile driving into ground mined in advance.
  • Charier has developed an alternative, the so-called "Dinardaise" method.
  • This method consists in using a patented drilling mast to pre-drill the ground, thereby enabling pile driving to the required dimension or placing sealed root ends of the breakwater.
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