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Port master planning – overview of the key aspects

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  • 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
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