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Ports Design & Coastal Engineering

2-Day Training Course: A Valuable Course Examining Port/Harbour Planning & Design Fundamentals. This intensive 2-day course will provide participants with a solid grounding in the technologies, concepts, methods & hydrodynamic theories used in the planning, design & construction of harbour facilities

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Key Learning Objectives

The course will help to improve your understanding of the full lifecycle of port planning and design, examining:

  • Port planning
  • Coastal processes
  • Breakwaters
  • Channel design
  • Dredging
  • Wharves and jetties
  • Environmental approvals and mitigation
  • Case studies

About the Course

This intensive 2-day course will provide participants with a solid grounding in the technologies, concepts, methods and hydrodynamic theories used in the planning, design and construction of harbour facilities.

It will illustrate the important issues by reference to case studies and will provide participants with the methodologies needed to plan a port design program and to review those designs when presented.

Participants will learn to appreciate the impact of nature’s forces on the ultimate layout of a commercial port, and will be examining the various principles for optimising the location and sizing of key harbour components such as breakwaters, jetties, navigation channels, docks and basins.

The course will give a broad picture of the work and interaction of oceanographers, coastal engineers, port designers and construction companies, using actual case studies from around the world to highlight the topics discussed.

Modelling, both mathematical and physical, is really important in successful design. By reference to examples, the various options available will be explored in some detail.

Equally important is the ability, with simple techniques, to verify that the models are providing sensible and accurate results. By referencing to previous projects, the course will discuss some of the tools and techniques available to conduct reviews of the various modelling processes.

Who Will Benefit

  • This course will benefit those who need to understand the ins and outs of a port development project and what all of the processes are about
  • For senior people responsible for managing a new port design – this is a good foundation for understanding all key criteria and the logical process
  • For managers who need to ask questions of the specialists/consultants – this is a good background for asking the specialists the right questions and being convinced they have done their jobs properly
  • Engineers and graduate engineers – who have come through university who want to receive some practical, specific applied knowledge and skills
  • Structural designers – to help understand the various criteria and traps they may not have otherwise considered

A CPD Course

Use this course to help fulfil your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) educational requirements to retain your professional/chartered status. Contact your relevant association to learn how


“I liked the practical examples used to demonstrate course content and the good overview of marine design concepts”
Principal Civil Engineer, Woodside

“The variety of topics of interest, I now have a better understanding of coastal processes and design methods, techniques and issues”
Principal Engineer, Department of Transport and Main Roads

Terms & Conditions

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Course Outline

Port master planning – overview of the key aspects

  • Commercial viability
  • Shipping and trade routes
  • Port trends
  • Coastal processes
  • Environmental impacts, approvals and mitigation
  • Berth utilisation
  • Breakwaters
  • Channel design
  • Dredging
  • Berths and jetties
  • Material handling
  • Laydown and storage
  • Transport logistics
  • Data acquisition

Coastal processes

  • Shoreline changes
  • Sediment transport – longshore and onshore/offshore
  • Waves – sea, swell and long waves
  • Currents
  • Tides


  • Requirements – berth utilisation
  • Alternative options
  • Design
  • Modelling
  • Foundations

Channel design

  • Ship handling studies
  • Ship simulation
  • Underkeel clearance


  • Dredge plant
  • Site investigations
  • Spoil disposal
  • Environmental issues
  • Traps and solutions

Wharves and jetties

  • Alternative options
  • Decision factors
  • Fenders
  • Mooring
  • Important details
  • Materials handling

Marinas and boat ramps

  • Layout
  • Wet pens – floating vs fixed
  • Wave protection – floating breakwaters
  • Ramps – width, length, quantity, surface texture
  • Jetties
  • Ramp access


  • The course will underpin the theory which applies to ports design and coastal engineering by using examples and detailed case studies
  • These case studies will provide an excellent opportunity for participants to apply the theoretical principles which will assist in the development of organisational systems to promote better port planning

On-site & in-house training

Deliver this course how you want, where you want, when you want – and save up to 40%! 8+ employees seeking training on the same topic?

Talk to us about an on-site/in-house & customised solution.


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Sushil Kunwar
Training Consultant
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