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Port planning

Planning port and marine development requires extensive studies at the front end of the project to ensure every aspect of the project has been addressed for both its commercial and technical feasibility.

Our engineers have been actively engaged with port authorities in developing engineering solutions that allow existing quays, wharves, and jetties to be upgraded to receive vessels larger than those for which they were originally designed.

Mott MacDonald has provided our services to port authorities, private sector operators, and multilateral funding agencies including the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the UK’s Department for International Development, the European Investment Bank, the European Commission, and commercial banks.

We have the capability to provide all of these front-end consulting services:

  • Market studies
  • Demand and traffic forecasting
  • Intermodal transport studies
  • Optioneering studies
  • Capital and operational cost determination
  • Business plan studies
  • Investment appraisal
  • Prefeasibility and feasibility studies
  • Master planning
  • Financial economic appraisal
  • Efficiency improvement

As a multidisciplinary consulting firm, our planners can bring together expertise and experience in a number of related sectors that are essential in port planning: road and rail infrastructure interface and intermodal transfer, power supply and utility services, buildings and warehousing, urban planning, environmental impact and management and public-private partnerships.

Where appropriate, we use 3D modeling techniques as concept planning tools. These tools are effective in resolving interfaces but also invaluable in presenting proposals to nontechnical stakeholders.

Our recent port planning projects include these:

  • Cayman Islands Cruise Terminal. Planning study related to P3 development of expanded cruise terminal
  • Port of Ngqura, South Africa. Planning study to maximize use of existing space within existing port, including provision of new dry and liquid bulk berths, bunker berth, admin craft basin, and future up-river terminals
  • Rossaveel Port, Ireland. Planning study to identify maximum potential capacity of port area and strategy for future land ownership
  • St Vincent & Grenadines. Master planning study of port facilities on the islands to inform port authority on financial and operational management of the facilities
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