Ports, Harbours and Terminals

We provide a wide range of services that help manage and mitigate risks during the development, operation and maintenance of ports, terminals, and harbours.

Contact Us

Key contact

Mat Roberts

Regional Director

London, United Kingdom

+44 (0)20 8090 1566 coastal@bmtglobal.com

Ports, harbours and terminals are complex, multiple-stakeholder projects.

The ability to identify each and every opportunity available demands a blend of skills and a breadth of experience, something we have built up working on some of the world’s largest port projects.

Successful port, harbour and terminal projects unlock every opportunity offered by the site, environment, design, construction and local economy.

Port operations consulting

Port Security

Security is an increasingly important issue, and we aim to provide the latest thinking and most pragmatic solutions.   We identify and support the delivery of sustainable and efficient solutions that will work throughout a port or terminal’s lifetime.

Ongoing operations

Ports and terminals which run safely, securely and efficiently benefit all stakeholders.  We provide a wide range of services to manage and mitigate risks during ongoing maintenance and operations.

Port Handling

We have extensive experience designing various solutions for port handling containers, general and Ro-Ro cargoes for quay walls and wharf structures.

  • Development of conceptual designs, layouts, and cost estimates
  • Determination of wave forces and loadings on structures
  • Preliminary and detailed designs
  • Management of site survey and investigations
  • Calculation of construction material quantities and construction cost estimates


Our industry leading ship simulator helps users to safely plan, train and prepare for complex manoeuvres at sea or in port.  Applications range from port feasibility, design and evaluation studies to marine incident investigation and bespoke training.

Ports and transport infrastructure authorities

Transport infrastructure across ports, airports, roads, and rail face challenges because of climate change and extreme weather.

These challenges present as the need for new design standards to accommodate future conditions, changes to modes of operation, increased downtime, changing levels of service, and increasing maintenance requirements and costs.

Because of climate impacts, breaks in the connectivity of transport supply chains across and between modes of transport (such as road and rail connections to seaports and airports) will also require much more connected and collaborative approaches.

We can assist governments and transport authorities understand these implications moving forward to inform new planning and design requirements and the progressive management of existing resources and operations.

Measuring environmental impact

Wind, waves, currents, and human activity are constantly reshaping coastlines.

Beaches are eroded and rebuilt, nearshore seabed and river channels remoulded, and sediments carried to the coast

Port operations are optimised by minimising the number of days where operations are halted due to unexpected

Our objective is to identify and support the delivery of sustainable and efficient solutions that will work throughout a port or terminal’s lifetime.

We specialise in satellite remote sensing for the offshore, shipping, and maritime engineering sectors.

We help you tackle complex geological problems by computational simulation of geological scenarios.


Our search and rescue software helps save lives. It combines the experience of world coastguard agencies with our marine environmental software systems.

Our collaborations

The British Ports Association is the national membership body for ports in the UK, representing the interests of operators that handle 86% of all UK port traffic, to Westminster and devolved Governments and other national and international bodies.

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Recent projects

We deliver the right combination of technical ability and hard-won experience to address your complex challenges, working holistically to unlock all the opportunities your project presents. 

Our services:

  • Site selection
  • Feasibility studies and concept designs
  • Network modelling studies
  • Construction support

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