This feature looks first at the potential for multi-loading systems at ro-ro terminals, and secondly at the market for, and recent developments in, the ro-ro tractor sector.
Royal Haskoning, the engineering, architecture and environmental consultancy, describes its experiences working on two projects for the Yemeni government's investment arm.
A new design code for the design of ro-ro ramps, linkspans and walkways - British Standard 6349 Part 8 - is due to be published early next year, enabling ro-ro infrastructure to be planned, designed and built to an acceptable common set of rules, as explains.
Many new container terminals are built to a tried and tested formula, particularly by the big global operators. Benedict Young talks to two experts on the different rationales and approaches.
PD Ports has appointed Royal Haskoning to carry out an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for its proposed deepsea terminal at Teesport, including the preparation of a construction and engineering report on the brownfield site.
The relationship between ports that need to develop and their surrounding social and ecological environments is very often a matter for heated debate with the NIMBY factor usually to the fore.
As highlighted above, although accidents have been relatively rare, passenger safety is of interest to everyone in the industry, and, with this in mind, a new safety device for ferry linkspans has been produced jointly by Royal Haskoning and Bosch Rexroth.
The way we light ports and terminals has become something of an issue in recent years as public enquiries linked to new port construction have sought to curb what is seen as unwanted additional illumination of the night-time sky. Furthermore, with operational margins under pressure, operators are seeking ways of cutting costs, albeit by not compromising either operating efficiency or security. Alex Hughes investigates.
A master plan covering the next 25 years, which was put together by Kenya Port Authority and approved by the government, proposes to concentrate bulk grain handling at a single terminal at Mombasa until at least 2028.
Consultants can deliver the planning pill to solve complicated design problems. Alex Hughes investigates how two challenging schemes have been tackled
Whether it's dealing with contaminated waste or upsetting the habitat of rare wading birds,dredging is a sector packed with environmental "issues". Felicity Landon reports on the latest thinking
Upper Gulf keen to secure its share of region's port business with additional terminals planned to serve the north
Is every inch of your shoreside being used to its full potential? Alex Hughes finds out that a little expertise can go a long way in stockyard planning.
The new Doha Port in Qatar is to be designed through a partnership between WorleyParsons Qatar WLL and Royal Haskoning, which will develop the port's master plan and full engineering design.
An EIA will consider a range of issues, including: Noise, dust and light pollution: Neighbours of ports are likely to be affected by various forms of pollution, so it is essential that mitigation measures are developed. For example, the visual aspects of the new operations should be assessed and suitable solutions such as appropriate lighting schemes developed.
Melbourne, Australia's largest container port, has moved towards deepening sections of its channels to accommodate vessels of up to 14 metres draught at all tides.
Consultants Royal Haskoning recently became involved in an upgrade project at the Irish port of Rosslare. The project addressed the repair of berths 1 and 2 at Rosslare Europort where the pier is 260m long and was built in the 1950s using two parallel walls of concrete blockwork founded on a layer of broken rubble, filled in with sand and then capped with a concrete slab.
Posford Haskoning will henceforth be known as Royal Haskoning. Posford Haskoning was adopted as a means of introducing the Haskoning name to the UK market three years ago and the job is now done, says the company.
After having spent approximately US$1.5m over eight years on studies to justify dredging to 40 feet the access channel at the port of Barranquilla, it now seems that the Colombian government is to restrict work to allow a draught of just 36 feet.
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