To remain competitive, ports need to operate efficiently and sustainably, while being responsive to the trends shaping the global movement of goods.

WSP works with port authorities, owners, and terminal operators to ensure that their facilities and associated wharves, berths, storage yards, rail tracks, container cranes, and truck gate systems are equipped to handle increasing ship sizes and intermodal freight transfer operations. 

Our services span the entire port life cycle from policy and strategy, planning and approvals including business and financial modelling, feasibility, design, construction, operations and maintenance to closure. 


Design and Construction

Design and construction is a method of project delivery in which the consultant and the contractor operate under a single contract with the project owner, to provide professional services. Due to the specialised nature of maritime projects, design and construction projects are often executed for port constructions, breakwaters, jetties, quay walls and terminals. These projects have become increasingly important over the years, especially in markets like oil and gas, power, mining and minerals. WSP is proud to offer our clients industry-leading solutions and advice, as well as design and management services in all aspects of design and construction throughout the project life cycle.


Geotechnical Services

WSP offers investigation and geotechnical design services for the marine environment that includes coastal defences, cliff and landslide stabilisation, quay walls, cofferdams, caissons, diaphragm walls , bored and sheet piling, offshore wind farms, sub-sea cables and pipelines, cable landings and Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD), estuary and river bridge crossings, marinas, floating pontoons and sea outfalls, navigation beacons, and immersed and sub-sea transportation and cable tunnels.


Inspection and Repair of Marine Structures

With the tidal zone being such an extreme environment, marine structures need regular preventative maintenance if they are to avoid rapidly deteriorating beyond economic repair. It is therefore crucial that the type of high-value assets that are normally encountered in port and harbour facilities are periodically inspected, maintained, repaired, and refurbished as required. By undertaking regularly planned inspections and defining whole-of-life maintenance schedules, we have successfully enabled port owners and operators to extend the life of their assets. In addition, by scrutinising maintenance requirements routinely and proactively, we can schedule repairs with minimal impact on existing assets, thereby avoiding costly downtime.


Bulk Material Handling and Storage Facilities

At WSP, we have extensive experience in the planning, design, operation and capacity assessment of Dry and Liquid Bulk Terminals. Our experts have worked on global projects with some of the largest bulk commodities handlers such as BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, FMG, Roy Hill and other players in the oil and gas industry. Our objective is to ensure that terminal facilities and associated landside and ship loading/unloading, cargo handling, storage and intermodal facilities are the most competitive in today’s market. Whether it is a coal export terminal or handling facility, our teams are experienced in designing piers, cargo-handling systems, conveyors, and support facilities.