Ports & marine

Port and marine projects can be complex and require specific expertise. With several completed schemes in more than 35 countries, Ramboll’s experience in the ports and marine sector combines forward-thinking, technical expertise and a holistic approach to the planning of port and marine projects.

The Twin Sails bridge, Poole Harbour, Dorset UK. Ramboll


Nick Clarke. Ramboll

Nick Clarke

Division Director - Marine
T: +44 23 8081 7500
Martin Duke. Ramboll

Martin Duke

Director, Ports & Marine (UK)
T: +44 23 8081 7500

Delivering safe maritime solutions

Our ports and marine experts are working at the forefront of the maritime sector on a broad range of projects in some of the world’s most demanding environments. We are sensitive to the commercial pressure our clients face, and we create safe and innovative solutions that mitigate risk while meeting budget constraints. As with all our work, our commitment to sustainability underpins everything we do. We provide expertise in maintaining a healthy marine environment including shoreline management, coastal defence, marine ecology and flood protection.

Serving the global port community

Our clients are made up of port authorities and operators, developers and investors, financial institutions, local government authorities and public sector clients and so our understanding of complex port and marine requirements enables us to undertake projects of varying sizes and complexities anywhere in the world. We have completed major projects across the UK, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East, with completed schemes in more than 35 countries.

We incorporate solutions to meet the project-specific demands of an evolving maritime industry from planning and pre-feasibility studies to master planning, design, construction and asset management. Our multidisciplinary approach enables us to provide all the expertise needed to realise complex programme life cycles.

Extensive expertise

Our team of experts have the broad, in-depth range of technical skills and expertise to meet the challenges of the maritime environment. We bring specialist understanding to the entire range and lifecycle of port and marine structures, infrastructure and projects. With extensive experience assisting clients meet regulatory requirements we work in liaison with port authorities in the careful planning of projects to ensure the port facility remains operational throughout a project to reduce disruption while taking account of safety.

Our services include:

  • Asset management
  • Inspection and repair
  • Shipyards and dockyards
  • Cruise and passenger terminals
  • Marina design and waterfronts
  • Oil & gas berths
  • Maritime heritage
  • Floating infrastructure

More information

Futureproofing global port cities

Find out more about this international thought leadership initiative. We are supporting ports and cities with a strategic management planning framework for understanding the symbiotic relationships and potential direction for mutually beneficial development. Read more here

Port Master Planning

Feasibility studies typically include technical investigations, traffic analyses, financial analyses and environmental impact analyses.

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Advanced design

Ramboll has through a various number of projects around the world gained wide experience with the design of advanced marine structures.

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Hydraulic Modelling

Coastal and marine structures are subject to the changing meteorological and oceanographic conditions in terms of wind, waves, current and water levels.

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Ports and Marine brochure 2016

We are highly experienced in port planning and design, the engineering of marine structures and coastal engineering.

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Port cities of the future

Summary research paper about the shape of the future, local stories and how ports are tackling pollution whilst working towards opportunities.

Port cities of the future (PDF)

Ports and marine projects

Artist impression -Dover Western Docks Revival. Image: Port of Dover

Dover Western Dock Revival

The revival of the Western Docks is the Port of Dover’s flagship development project and the £230m marine structures and bridge contract is the single biggest investment ever undertaken by the Port. Ramboll has been appointed as designer for the marine civil engineering stage.

Marine Terminal Berth 5 at Fawley Oil Refinery, Southampton UK. Ramboll

Fawley Oil Refinery - Marine Terminal Berth 5

This project ensured the continual safe operation of one of the UK’s most critical pieces of infrastructure. It involved asset management and capacity enhancement as part of the upgrade of existing berths to accommodate larger VLCC vessels at ExxonMobil’s Fawley Oil Refinery

Jorf Lasfar Deepwater Port

Jorf Lasfar

Ramboll’s detailed design for a major upgrade of Morocco’s Jorf Lasfar facilities is being implemented while the port remains operational.

Hasting Pier, restored and regenerated. April 2016. Ramboll

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 Headquarters

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.

Multibeam scan of the breakwater at Portland Harbour, Dorset. Ramboll

Portland Harbour Breakwater - 3D survey of marine structures

Over the next 50 years, a master plan and business strategy will drive the commercial development of Portland Harbour, one of the largest man-made harbours in the world. Portland Port Authority appointed Ramboll Marine and Energy Infrastructure to create a 3D surface model of the breakwaters in advance of new construction plans.

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