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Ports & marine structures

Port and marine projects are often highly complex, and their planning and design requires a wide range of competences. Ramboll is a leading provider of independent consultancy services across the spectrum of port planning and design, marine structures, and coastal engineering.

Port and marine structures

Our dedicated staff has comprehensive experience from national as well as international projects. We undertake both large and smaller-scale projects and assist customers throughout all project phases – from the earliest planning and pre-feasibility studies to masterplan studies, design, and tendering.
Further, our services include assistance during construction, operations, maintenance, training and asset management. We work closely with local companies and hire local manpower. We benefit greatly from their knowledge and use it to shape projects according to local conditions and economies.
Our customers include port authorities and operators, private investors and developers, investment banks, and international financing institutions.

Hambantota, Sri Lanka. Detailed feasibility study for new greenfield port

Our services

Ramboll undertakes both large and smaller-scale projects. Our services extend into all stages of planning, design, construction, operation, maintenance, and training. Our services include:

  • Feasibility studies 
  • Field investigations
  • Coastal hydraulic assessments
  • Shoreline Management
  • Port master planning
  • Port planning
  • Port terminal planning
  • Port infrastructure planning
  • Environmental Impact Assessments
  • Risk assessments
  • Port design projects
  • Port extension projects
  • Port rehabilitation projects
  • Marina projects
  • Dredging and fairway projects
  • Port maintenance.

Feasibility studies
Based on the elaboration of consistent development scenarios, we prepare feasibility studies and provide expert consultancy in port master planning. The feasibility study typically includes technical investigations, traffic analyses, financial analyses and environmental impact analyses. Further, Ramboll will assist with conceptual and preliminary designs, authority management, and development policy.

Port planning
When port authorities consider expanding and upgrading port facilities to accommodate new or larger vessels, a number of facilities may need to be reconfigured. This includes berths, land storage areas, mooring systems, and scour protection. The first step is to evaluate and analyse the facilities, and Ramboll will assist port authorities with doing so.
Port design
Ramboll has been involved with many new port projects around the world, and we can assist port authorities and municipalities with all design aspects from planning and conceptual design through detailed design and supervision. Ramboll has experience within all types of marine works, from small marinas to large ports.
Malmö, Norra Hamnen. Design of the new Ro-Ro Terminal
Rehabilitation services
The life span of existing structures can be prolonged at a reasonable cost, if rehabilitation work is initiated in time. If not, rehabilitation may become both extensive and expensive, often requiring the replacement of entire structures.

Environmental impact assessments

Today, environmental considerations are integrated into the decision process of most construction projects in coastal zones. It is therefore often necessary to conduct an environmental impact study, in the form of an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).

Shoreline management

New developments of coastal zones and more extreme variability in the oceanographic and meteorological conditions impact on existing assets and set new demands. Ramboll conducts planning and design of coastal protection solutions, and provides expert consultancy for shoreline management.

Asset management
Proper port asset management is highly complex and requires the integration of several disciplines and services. However, by streamlining the procedures and utilising known and tested methods from other fields, it is possible to keep it simple and stay within budget.

This approach will also allow for forecasting of future costs, increase safety, and minimize the risk of unexpected break-downs.

Local partnerships

Ramboll partners with local firms, and takes advantage of local knowledge and manpower. Through these partnerships, global knowhow and technology is transferred to local partners, and projects are always conducted in accordance with local conditions and economy.
Whenever necessary, Ramboll also partners with universities and specialised institutes for technical assistance to ensure the optimal project result/outcome.

Lome Container Terminal, Togo, Africa. Port rehabilitation and design projects in Africa – Zanzibar and Togo

Read more

Read our brochure about the services Ramboll offers within ports and marine engineering
Ports and marine engineering
The planning and design of port complexes requires a vast number of interrelated services. Ramboll provides all necessary services and will assist clients through all phases of a project.
Read ports and marine engineering brochure
Port Master Planning
Port Master Planning
Feasibility studies typically include technical investigations, traffic analyses, financial analyses and environmental impact analyses.
Port Master Planning (PDF)


Advanced design
Advanced design
Ramboll has through a various number of projects around the world gained wide experience with the design of advanced marine structures.
Advanced design (PDF)
Hydraulic Modelling
Hydraulic Modelling
Coastal and marine structures are subject to the changing meteorological and oceanographic conditions in terms of wind, waves, current and water levels.
Hydraulic Modelling (PDF)


Ralph Guldberg Bjørndal
Project Director, Ports
T+45 5161 6291
Bjarne Mathiesen
Bjarne Mathiesen
Senior Market Director, Ports
T+45 51611184
M+45 51611184