Intermodal cargo transportation moves containerized freight across multiple steps in its journey – by rail, ship, and truck – without unpacking the containers themselves at any point. By reducing cargo handling, we in turn reduce the potential for damage and loss, all while improving security and accelerating freight delivery. It’s easy to see why more and more shippers are embracing this model of good’s transportation.
Nevertheless, there are growing pains: port facility developers need efficient and expandable terminal layouts, whereas intermodal transportation developers need cutting edge logistics and operational improvements to accommodate the seamless and rapid transfer of cargo between modes of transit. At WSP, we have the experience and expertise to incorporate the needs of all parties, as well as the proven track record in upgrading intermodal terminals in all corners of the world.
At Moorebank Intermodal Yard in Sydney, Australia, we undertook a three-year planning and feasibility study for the development of a port-related intermodal terminal, in order to provide an integrated transport solution to meet the significant growth in the movement of freight to, from and within the Sydney basin, as well as providing significant congestion relief, freight capacity, and environmental benefits to the urban community, region and its surroundings.
Our planning and design expertise covers all transportation modes involved in an intermodal terminal, and we can rely upon the experience of our colleagues in rail and roads and highways to assess, plan, and develop your 360˚ solutions, while providing rapid access to warehousing and logistic providers. Our services also extend to the infrastructure and activities that interface with ports, including landside transport and distribution of goods, logistics, supply chains, and automated information services.
Dry and Liquid Bulk Terminals
Dry and liquid bulk materials present specific handling demands that predetermine the range of potential solutions for the transfer and storage of cargo. These types of shipment continue to be of high importance as fuels, petrochemicals, aggregates, grains, and other commodities require on-terminal piping or conveyor transport into or out of ships.
At the same time, landside transport and storage equipment for vessel loading and unloading varies widely and might even need a highly customized solution for specific cargo. This includes the bespoke mechanical and electrical services that are often needed for individual types of bulk berth configurations, as well as handling incoming bulk cargo from train and truck, in-port storage, reclamation and conveyor systems for ship loading, port berths, quays, ship handling and navigation.
At the Muchke Bay Seaport Transport Complex in Vanino, Russia, we performed a pre-feasibility study to identify the most efficient and optimal terminal configuration for a coal export facility on the site.
Break BUlk cargo
Break Bulk and Project Terminals
In contrast to the highly specific requirements of container and intermodal terminals, break bulk cargo is characterized by its non-standard nature and varying size, requiring a high level of resources on the wharf and transport end, open and covered storage, specialized handling equipment for vessel service and terminal transfer, and on occasion heavy lift capabilities.
These can include temporary or permanent Marine Off-Loading Facilities (MOLF) for nuclear power stations, temporary heavy-load quays for offloading turbines for new conventional power stations in remote areas, manufacture, assembly and load out of foundations, turbines, and offshore substations for offshore wind. Our global team of experts works closely with all stakeholders to understand the likely mix of break bulk and project cargo, so that facilities can be designed to best suit your demands.
Repsol Nuevas Energias UK required support in its port and harbour activities for the Inch Cape Offshore Wind Farm. We were involved from concept development to pre-FEED support in its port and harbour activities and used multi-criteria selection models and port inspections to support assembly, construction, as well as operations and maintenance for this Scottish offshore wind farm.