We have advised on major commercial ports and terminals development
From site selection to review and development of existing port infrastructure
We help develop strategic plans for ports and terminals worldwide. The full range of technical, economic, operational and environmental issues must be considered to ensure future viability.
We use desk techniques and state of the art computational and physical modelling tools to understand these aspects and optimise the design. We predict wave and currents to assess ship handling and mooring design, navigation, breakwater design, sedimentation, coastal impacts and water quality.
Port design and ship operations are considered in parallel to ensure that the design vessels will operate safely and efficiently. This is particularly important where increasing ship size and scale of operations mean that decisions on port and channel redesign and redefinition of optimal environmental limits are needed. Following preliminary desk studies, we use our real time bridge and tug simulators to investigate options and verify proposed port and channel layouts.
Optimisation of dredge areas can deliver significant capital and operational savings. We look at navigation together with our wave, current and sediment transport models to assess depositional rates, optimise depths, side slopes and channel widths.
The design of dredging works, operational problems and the disposal of dredge material require short and long term predictions to ensure compliance with environmental constraints and licences. We use numerical models to design and optimise channels and ensure suspended material concentrations from the dredge process can be quantified and mitigated if needed.
Any shoreline development requires consideration of its impact on the coastal regime and evolution. HR Wallingford uses a range of computational and physical modelling resources to ensure these impacts are assessed.
Assessing and optimising the performance of harbour and protective structures is an integral aspect of port design. HR Wallingford uses desk study, computational modelling and physical modelling to ensure that any structure is fully optimised while continuing to offer adequate protection and performance within economical and environmental constraints.
Adequate assessment and mitigation of environmental impacts is key to successful development and operation of any port development. We undertake:
We offer you support on all aspects of the design and optimisation of ports, harbours and terminals.