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Ports and coastal engineering

Atkins offers comprehensive port development services including development of master plans, permitting, hydrographic surveying and computer modeling, design of dredging programs, design of cruise and cargo terminals and related facilities such as warehouses and wharves, assessment of market potential, and financial services.

We stay abreast of the latest intermodal technological advances in cargo handling, so that we can help ports develop the requisite waterside and landside facilities to serve their anticipated markets. The worldwide cargo-handling trend is toward containerization, and we work with ports seeking to expand their throughputs and capture new markets by upgrading their berths and storage areas into more productive integrated container terminals. Not all ports, however, will be served by the large container ships that require sophisticated facilities and equipment. These ports need the assurance that their engineering consultant can translate their operational needs into the flexible facilities—however simple or complex—they require to satisfy those needs.

Our diversified marine and civil engineering experience allows us to design facilities that satisfy a port’s particular requirements while maintaining flexibility for response to future change. In addition, because of our multidisciplinary capabilities, we are able to address the off-port infrastructure essential to the successful movement of cargo as well as the environmental issues that often impede port development.

Port and freight rail planning

  • Action plan development
  • Container terminal planning
  • Corridor analysis
  • Efficiency and modernization planning
  • Dry bulk rail terminal planning
  • Hazard mitigation
  • Intermodal connectivity plans
  • Intermodal container transfer facility planning and design
  • Liquid bulk rail terminal planning
  • Port master planning
  • Port security planning
  • Security gate planning
  • Short- and long-range plans
  • Strategic site development
  • Terminal security planning

Port and freight rail engineering and design

  • Bollard and fendering analysis
  • Bollard design and construction
  • Bulkhead design and construction
  • Coastal engineering
  • Construction phase services
  • Container yard design
  • Dock and pier design and construction
  • Dredge material relocation design
  • Dredging analysis and design
  • Dry bulk terminal design
  • General engineering consultant
  • Liquid bulk terminal design
  • Port and terminal security
  • Program management
  • Signage and intelligent transportation system design
  • Terminal configuration and layout
  • Warehouse design
  • Waterfront development
  • Vessel turning basin design

Environmental and regulatory

  • Dredge permitting and design
  • Ecological and water quality
  • Environmental impact statements/environmental assessments
  • Environmental mitigation plans
  • Environmental planning
  • Natural and manmade hazards analysis
  • Navigation plans
  • Permits and environmental investigations
  • Sediment and erosion control
  • Stormwater management

Funding and economics

  • Cargo and passenger forecasting
  • Cost benefit analysis
  • Economic impact analysis
  • Feasibility analysis
  • Grant and funding source analysis
  • Cargo and passenger forecasting

Cruise and ferry terminals

  • Cruise and ferry terminal planning and design
  • Cruise and ferry terminal security
  • Gangway and access design
  • Parking design and structures


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