Global Service Line Director – Ports, Marine and Waterways
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Nick Clarke is the Director for Ports and Marine at Ramboll based in the UK.
Nick is a guiding figure in Ramboll’s global ports environmental and engineering project portfolio, which has projects across the UK, Baltic, Mediterranean, Middle East, Africa, Asia and the South Seas.
He leads the Ports and Coastal Marine division in Ramboll that specialises in the planning, consenting and design of cruise and RoRo terminals, container and bulk terminals, marinas, shipyards, oil & gas and offshore wind ports.
With more than 20 years in marine civil engineering, Nick has been responsible for the design of ports, harbours, breakwaters, and marine structures in the UK and overseas. He is passionate about achieving end-user satisfaction and challenging engineers to consider whole project cost and maximising client return on investment.
He has successfully managed a variety of large and complex projects including the design of Liverpool Cruise Liner Terminal, which includes ro-ro linkspan for HGV and major concrete floating structures. He has excellent experience in the design of submerged bridge foundations and floating structures. He has also been called as an Expert Witness for maritime cases and has also undertaken studies regarding vessel collision on bridge structures in terms of both mitigation and designing for vessel impacts.
Nick has undertaken research in both the fields of physical and computational modelling of waves, physical modelling of wave loads on Single Layer armour units, followed by Post Graduate research in Computational Fluid Dynamics primarily concerned with emulating the forces and pressures exerted by breaking waves and wave slam forces on structures.
Nick spent one year as visiting lecturer, University of Southampton, and taught subjects including catchment analysis, storm sewer design, water supply & distribution, and reservoir design.
In addition to being a Chartered Civil Engineer, Nick is also a Chartered Environmentalist and a Chartered Water and Environmental Manager.
Articles written by Nick:
What a pier looks like in the 21st century, Ramboll, 2016
Forming the foundations, Port Strategy, 2015
Port of Poole planning underway, Maritime Journal, 2012
New pontoon set to aid regeneration in Gravesend, Ramboll, 2012
The Queen officially opens new Cowes lifeboat station, Ramboll, 2012
Hastings Pier Conservation
The much loved Victorian pleasure pier at Hastings has risen like a phoenix following decades of abuse, thanks to a group of local people and funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Ramboll played a key role in the restoration and regeneration of Hastings Pier, offering strategic advice to both the Pier Trust and Hastings Borough Council.
RNLI Coventina - All-weather Lifeboat Centre (ALC)
The All-weather Lifeboat Centre (ALC) at the RNLI Headquarters, Poole is a modern life boat manufacturing facility that has secured the charity’s lifeboat building supply chain for the next 30 years.
RNLI Baltimore upgrade
Baltimore Lifeboat Station, on the south west tip of Ireland, has been extended and remodelled to accommodate the needs of crews for the inshore and all-weather lifeboats. Facilities have been improved further by creating an adjacent pontoon berth. Our team provided geotechnical, marine, structural and building services engineering and project management.
The station building (c.1913) is an early example of reinforced concrete construction and has been refurbished and enlarged by the addition of a new steel frame extension, roofed with slate to match the existing. The station’s slipway has been modified so that RNLI Baltimore’s Atlantic 75B class inshore lifeboat Bessie
can be launched directly from the boathouse. A water-source heat pump uses seawater to supply backgro ...
Garden Reach Shipyard modernisation
Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd (GRSE) is a Government of India undertaking, building vessels of many types — mostly for the government itself. Its shipyards are located on the River Hooghly in Kolkata. Together with our associated sub-consultants Appledore International, TK Roy & Associates and Intercon Maritime Consultants, we provided design and masterplanning services for the modernisation of the Garden Reach Shipyard.
The main yard’s existing facilities included a dry dock, building berth, slipway, workshops and hull fabrication shops. The team carried out studies of existing shipyard processes, and of measures that would raise performance at Garden Reach to the level of a high quality modern yard. The main yard has being reorganised to incorporate additional faci ...
Liverpool cruise liner facility 2007
When Liverpool's 250-metre-long floating cruise liner facility opened in 2007, large cruise liners such as Queen Mary II and Queen Elizabeth II were able to to visit Liverpool without entering the enclosed dock system or berthing mid-river.
Boscombe Pier refurbishment
Boscombe Pier In Bournemouth was constructed In the 1880s from wrought iron and timber, and is a Grade II listed structure. It is the focal point of Boscombe seafront and had undergone several alterations over the years, including the construction of a theatre on its main platform. Our marine specialists provided design services for a new pier head, central windbreak, timber deck and handrails as well as developing a phased construction schedule.
Falling into disrepair, the pier head had been inaccessible for over 15 years, finally closing in 2005. The renovation of the pier forms part of a larger regeneration project for Boscombe's seafront that includes an artificial surf reef, a housing development and renewal of existing buildings.
The pier's listed status meant ...