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Port & Harbour Engineering

With over 40 years’ experience, RPS’ dedicated maritime team has gained a reputation for providing innovative and cost effective solutions for maritime developments, encompassing the ports, harbours and offshore energy sectors.

We plan, design, develop and manage projects for public and private sectors and deliver strategic and sustainable policies and projects. Our engineers work closely with port authorities, local government and private clients on a range of port and harbour related developments, delivering bespoke, cost effective, multi-modal facilities.

In recent years we have provided engineering design and support services to a range of clients in the wave and tidal energy sectors, establishing a proven track record in the design and deployment of foundations and devices.

Case Studies

Alexandra Basin Redevelopment, Dublin Port



RPS was commissioned by Dublin Port Company to develop and deliver the €230m Alexandra Basin Redevelopment (ABR) Project through feasibility and planning stages. This involved engineering design and preparation of the environmental impact statement and habitats directive assessment. RPS expert witnesses also took a lead role in the successful Oral Hearing.

The project involves the creation/rehabilitation of 3km of quay walls, new berthing facilities and a capital dredging scheme which will deepen the navigation channel within Dublin Bay to a ruling depth of -10m CD. The project was particularly challenging as there were a number of major environmental, archaeological and engineering issues to overcome including legacy contaminated sediments, historic quay structures designed by the renowned Victorian Engineer Bindon Blood Stoney and the fact that Dublin Port lies adjacent to a number of European designated Natura 2000 sites.

RPS carried out extensive environmental impact assessments to determine the impact of the proposed ABR project on the qualifying interests of the Natura sites and Annex 1 species which included over-wintering birds, terns, harbour porpoise, migratory salmonids, lamprey and reefs.

The planning application, supported by an Environmental Impact Statement and Natura Impact Statement, was submitted to An Bord Plean├íla under the Strategic Infrastructure Act and planning permission was granted in 2016. The project will enable Ireland’s largest port to double its trade capacity to 60 million tonnes per annum by 2040. It will also enable the largest cruise liners in the world to safely berth in the River Liffey Channel at the heart of Dublin City.

Our team continues to support Dublin Port Company throughout the construction phase.

Loch Ryan Port



RPS was appointed by Stena Line Ltd as lead consultant to develop a masterplan and undertake the project management, detailed design, procurement, contract administration and supervision of a new £54m port development at Loch Ryan, situated approximately 10km north of Stranraer village on the eastern side of Loch Ryan, in Scotland.

The development involved the construction of a new ferry port facility on a brownfield site, comprising: a 250m open pile jetty; sheet piled walls; two berthing facilities; associated roads and intersections; 750,000m3 of dredging and reclamation; 1km of coastal protection works; marshalling area to accommodate 300 cars and 80 HGV; entrance ticket booths and weighbridges; entrance and exit search buildings; a trailer park area; car parking for approximately 350 cars and 10 coaches; a ship store and workshop; a police building and car parking area and a waste water treatment works for the site and the neighbouring village of Cairnryan.

As lead consultant, RPS’ responsibilities included:

Port planning - preparing and agreeing a master plan for the overall development

Preparation of Marine Licence Application, planning application and associated environmental studies for dredging and construction including liaison with environmental consultants and input into the Environmental Impact Statement

Consenting through various statutory bodies including Dumfries & Galloway, SEPA, Transport Scotland etc.

Detailed design of all marine and civil engineering aspects of the works including marine structures

Engineering design including geotechnical, hydraulic, marine, infrastructure, civil, services, utilities, simulations, IT etc.

Procurement including tender administration and evaluation

Project management of a multidisciplinary team including civil engineers, building & structural engineers, environmental engineers, mechanical & electrical engineers, architects and environmental planners

Contract administration including cost control

Site supervision during the construction period.

The new port development was identified by the Scottish Government as a project of Strategic Importance and was consented by Harbour Empowerment Order (HEO) under the Harbours Act (1964).




RPS was appointed by McLaughlin and Harvey on behalf of the client PD Teesport to carry out the civil and structural design of a new £40m quay at Teesport. The works are located within the Tees Dock Estate, approximately 1 mile upstream from the mouth of the river. The works included approximately 975m of quay reconstruction to a berth depth of -14.5mCD.

The development involved replacement of the existing deck, constructed in the early 1960s which due to deterioration and increased loading requirements has become insufficient for current needs. The berths typically accommodate Panamax (typ 225m LOA x 32m beam) and Handymax (typ 190m LOA x 30m beam) vessels in close proximity but future phases will include berthage for a Minicape sized vessel.

The project scope includes: installation of new piles through the existing deck structure; new piles just outside the cope line; underwater piling to protect the revetment slope; demolition of existing deck and superstructure and installation of new substructure deck, services and quay furniture.

The deck was required to support stacks of steel billets ready for export and is thus designed for 100kN/m2 deck loading as well as individual mobile crane outriggers. The deck also includes rails to allow for future delivery of rail mounted cranes.

There is also capital dredging of the adjacent berth pocket to -14.5mCD and the main channel approaching the quay to -10.9mCD.