Port and Terminal Planning

Initial planning and feasibility studies that support decision making

The planning and design of ports and marine terminals is a complex exercise, whether it is for green field ports or for expansions of existing ports.

The growth in trade is reflected in an increase in cargo volumes transported (such as containers, liquefied bulk, and dry bulk) and requires an extension of port capacity in most ports worldwide. The ever growing sizes of (container) ships, as well as many other current and future trends have  implications for ports. Therefore, the planning and design of wet areas such as access channels, turning circles and basins, and dry areas that include various types of terminals is a challenging task.

The course focuses on the early stages of port development, i.e. the initial planning and the feasibility studies to support decision making. This stage is the most time consuming, carries the greatest risks and is of utmost significance in the process of port planning and design.

On saturday, there is an optional excursion to the new developed Maasvlakte 2 port in Rotterdam.

Understanding port planning and design 

After this course you will be able to:

  • discuss major external developments relevant for the port sector;
  • carry out capacity planning of key elements such as wet areas and terminals and incorporate adaptive elements in the designs;
  • describe what a green port strategy is;
  • list the most important risks of port and terminal design;
  • develop a port layout;
  • discuss technical developments significant for the design of various types of terminals. 

Intended for

This course is intended for project managers and engineers of port authorities, planners, designers and project leaders of port consulting and engineering firms, as well as policy advisors.

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