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Ports & marine

Ports & marine

An underlying growth in trade in the global economy is driving an increase in shipping and correlated need for increased efficiency and capacity of ports, marine and industrial structures.


At Aurecon, we understand that trade drives port development, and that key success factors for a port development focus on the ability to operate cost efficiently, safely, and reliably.

Ports also need to operate sustainably in a community, within a sensitive nearshore environment, and align with government and regional development agendas.

Aurecon has over 70 years of experience delivering port projects across the full project lifecycle for port users, operators and authorities, miners and oil companies, as well as contractors and funders/donors.

For any requirement inside the port gate, from policy and strategy, planning and approvals, projects, design, construction, operations, and maintenance, through to closure, Aurecon provides a fully integrated service across the following sectors:

  • Ports and harbours design, including lay-outing, breakwaters, navigation assessments, and wave penetration studies
  • Dry bulk terminals, including as part of a mine development, rail and port bulk transport solutions
  • Oil and gas terminals
  • Container terminals and dry port/intermodal terminals
  • Multi-purpose terminals
  • Transshipment facilities
  • Ferry terminals
  • Coastal management/protection
  • Small craft facilities and waterfront developments

Our expertise in marine infrastructure includes dredging, reclamation, breakwaters, groynes, and revetments, wharves, quays and jetties, as well as cargo handling facilities and cargo storage facilities. Our teams are also focused on the coastal and marine environment, including winds, waves, currents, and sediment transport, an understanding of which is a critical ingredient in providing an efficient and reliable marine facility.

Aurecon has delivered complete port facilities for dry bulk products such as coal, iron ore, sugar, grain, cement, bauxite, nickel ore, mineral concentrates, and mineral sands, as well as downstream oil terminals. Our understanding of the characteristics of these products, combined with specialised skills in the design of seaboard bulk materials handling facilities and exposed nearshore facilities, and wharf/shiploader combinations, sets Aurecon apart from its competitors.

Our environmental assessment and monitoring of dredging skills are well honed, given our experience undertaking environmental assessments and compliance monitoring adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park in Australia.

Niche areas of expertise, that provide world class solutions, include port and whole of transport chain operations modelling, dredged plume dispersion modelling, vessel/wave interaction modelling, risk based structural solutions for exposed nearshore structures, Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) improving gate operation and security in container terminals, and fire and explosion modelling and Quantified Risk Assessments in oil terminals.

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