Port master planning

Master planning for ports is a critical process that involves developing comprehensive blueprints for the future development of ports. Master plans are essential tools for guiding investment in port infrastructure, port equipment and port services to meet current and future demand. They help ensure ports remain competitive and sustainable by identifying opportunities for growth, improving operational efficiency and reducing environmental impacts.

Witteveen+Bos helps clients draw up adaptive port master plans for both greenfield and brownfield developments. Ports must be able to adapt to changing market conditions, technological innovations, the effects of climate change and other factors that may affect their long-term viability. Future-proof strategies can include flexibility in design, modularity in infrastructure components, redundancy in critical systems and integration of sustainable practices. We apply our Sustainable Design Principles in all our port master plan projects.

The following services may be part of our port master planning studies:

  • strategic studies;
  • site identification and selection;
  • stakeholder consultation and data collection;
  • trade and traffic forecast studies;
  • logistics studies;
  • assessments/second opinions;
  • master planning (layout);
  • vessel transit analysis;
  • wave studies;
  • financial analyses;
  • socio-economic cost-benefit analyses;
  • environmental and social impact assessments (ESIA);
  • technical conceptual designs;
  • cost estimates;
  • rendering and visuals.

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