Port Planning and Infrastructure Design

The main goal of this short course is to familiarize the participants with designing the layout of a port as well as the port related structures in the port area or offshore area such as breakwaters and berthing facilities.

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For whom?

This course is useful for engineers involved in the design and/or supervision of ports and coastal structures. Having knowledge about the coastal processes such as wind, waves, tides and tidal currents is necessary.

Dates, Fee, ECTS

Start: 16 January 2017
End: 03 February 2017
Deadline IHE application: 16 December 2016 - 23.59 (CET)
Course fee: € 2850

Learning objectives

Upon completion, the participant should be able to:

  1. Have an insight in the design and construction, the interaction between all influencing conditions and factors and the construction procedures of berthing structures (bulk cargo terminals etc). Application in a design excercise.
  2. Design the layout of a port and understand how to review the activities in a port in relation to design. Know how to apply the planning process for the lay-out of a port and development of various types of terminals.

Course content

The design of port layout, including the port master planning, port basins and terminals will be discussed.

The content of this part of the course is as follows:

  • Maritime transport: various types of merchant ships; commodities and types of vessels.
  • Port Master Planning: port functions and organization, port planning methodology, planning process.
  • Design of Wet Areas: ship maneuvering and hydrodynamic behavior, approach channels, maneuvering areas within the port, port basins and berth areas.
  • Design of Terminals: terminal services, terminal components, types of terminals, terminal capacity, terminal dimensions.
  • Introduction to queuing theory as a tool on port planning.

Also an extensive overview of the design and construction of berthing structures (bulk cargo terminals…etc) will be given. This part of the course will cover the site selection, investigations at chosen site, the determination of design parameters and normal design sequence of berthing structures, typical lay-out and components of berthing structures. Also design criteria, structural considerations, construction methods and choice of construction equipment will be discussed.

In addition to the course work a field trip to the port of Rotterdam is included in this course.


  • Prof. Han Ligteringen
  • L. Groenewegen
  • R. Groenveld
  • C. Klaver
  • A. Dastgheib