Maritime & Coastal Engineering

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A strategic approach to maritime and coastal infrastructure is key to amplifying the environmental, social and economic benefits to community.

We take the time to understand your needs and requirements, providing unique, innovative and robust solutions. Our team of industry leaders have a breadth of experience in coastal engineering, small craft facilities and ports. We can assist with the full spectrum of maritime and coastal infrastructure developments, upgrades or refurbishments.

Services

  • Masterplanning
  • Policy and strategic advice
  • Planning approvals and permits
  • Conceptual through to detailed design and documentation of maritime and coastal structures
  • Numerical and physical modelling of coastal processes
  • Offshore metocean studies
  • Dredging, reclamation and beach nourishment advice
  • Coastal management planning
  • Sea level rise risk assessment and adaptation
  • Logistics and financial modelling
  • Risk assessment and management
  • Environmental management
  • Due diligence and asset management
  • Condition assessment and rehabilitation
  • Procurement strategies and tender evaluation
  • Construction supervision and certification

Our integrated, global team offers a diverse range of maritime services across the project lifecycle. Our clients represent a range of stakeholders in industry: small to large enterprise, both private and public entities. We take a collaborative approach to delivering project success - engage GHD and you’ll see ‘best for project’ solutions from the get-go.

For further information, contact:

Jillian Smith
Service Line Leader, Maritime & Coastal Engineering - Australia/New Zealand, Asia Pacific, Europe/Middle East
T: +61 2 9239 7316
E: Jillian Smith


Chris Fetters
Service Line Leader, Maritime & Coastal Engineering - North America
T: +1 225 292 9007
E: Chris Fetters

Capital Strategic Dredging

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NPC proposed the development of additional berth sites within the South Arm of the Hunter River, in the Port of Newcastle. The developments would assist NPC in meeting its objectives of diversifying trade and development options within the Port.

GHD was engaged by Newcastle Port Corporation to undertake an Environmental Assessment and associated engineering studies for the capital dredging of ten berth box sites and ancillary channel widening in the South Arm in Hunter River, Port of Newcastle.

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Economic analysis for Port of Melbourne Deepening Channel Project

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As part  of the 2004 – 2007 Enivornmental Effects Statement (EES) and supplementing the EES Victorian Government process, GHD Meyrick provided an economic assessment of the direct benefits and costs of the Channel Deepening Project including future developments in ship profiles and numbers using a long-term planning horizon.  The benefit-cost analysis resulted in a positive project outcome for the economy.

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Lakes Entrance Sand Management Program

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The LESMP is a $31.5 million project sponsored by the Victorian State Government. The LESMP aims to improve all aspects of the existing sand management regime by replacing plant and equipment and testing new approaches to manage the ongoing siltation of the entrance and inner channels at Lakes Entrance.

GHD was engaged to provide an integrated approach to solving the dredging issues faced by Gippsland Ports in implementing the LESMP. Specifically, GHD are supporting the program manager in the following:

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Tourism boost

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In Puerto Williams, Chile, the world’s most southern city, GHD has developed a proposal to address the growing need for tourist-related infrastructure. The objective? To transform the area into a stopover city for cruise ships and capture a growing slice of the tourism dollar.

While Puerto Williams is the gateway to Antarctica, just 2000 tourists visit annually, roughly equivalent to the town’s population. This is in stark contrast to the Argentinian town of Ushuaia – located just 40 km (24 mi) across the Beagle Straits – that welcomes more than 200,000 tourists and 250 cruise ships every year.

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West Vancouver Freight Access - Schedule 1

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The Port of Vancouver manages a significant link in the rail corridor, providing critical connectivity for freight mobility throughout the Pacific Northwest. A chokepoint at the entrance of the port leads to track conflicts and causes severe congestion, hindering the port’s ability to maintain smooth operations and a competitive edge in the global marketplace.

GHD, (as a sub-consultant to DEA), was selected to complete Schedule 1, the catalyst in a series of important projects that will increase rail capacity and maximizes future port growth potential.

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Yemen LNG

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The USD4 billion Yemen LNG processing plant located at Bal Haf peninsula is Yemen’s largest industrial investment.

Malaysian based Contractor Muhibbah Engineering won the Subcontract for the marine works and engaged GHD for the detailed design of the LNG loading jetty and Seawater Intake and Outfall. The detailed design work included the following:

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Australia

Jillian Smith - Maritime & Coastal Engineering - Australia/New Zealand, Asia Pacific, Europe/Middle East

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Jillian Smith is the GHD Service Line Leader for Maritime & Coastal for Australia/New Zealand, Asia Pacific, and Europe/Middle East.

Jillian is a professional Civil Engineer with over 10 years experience in the delivery of port, maritime and other transport infrastructure and specialises in leading multidisciplinary teams to deliver all stages of maritime projects from feasibility studies, business cases, requirements development and management, project planning, all phases of design, construction and commissioning.

Jillian has a excellent appreciation of organisational drivers and priorities having worked within a number of our client organisations including Department of Defence – Maritime Services Division and the State Government Transport Division – Transport for NSW. Using stakeholder consultative approaches, Jillian is effective at capturing, prioritising and presenting client requirements.

Jillian has worked on both Australian and international projects and has been based for periods in both Indonesia and the Philippines.

Jillian is also the Chair of Engineers Australia’s NSW Coastal, Ocean and Port Engineering Panel (COPEP).

Service Line Leader, Marine & Coastal
T:
+61 2 9239 7316

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Richard Hill - Victoria

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Richard is a principal in the Victorian Maritime & Coastal Group and has close to 20 years' experience in port and maritime engineering.

Richard is a Board member of PIANC Australia and previous Chair to the UK Section of PIANC. Richard has also acted as a specialist business advisor to UK Trade & Investment (Ports team) in the UK in 2011.

Richard has extensive international experience of ports, terminals, maritime structures and small craft facilities, having managed and delivered a string of high profile projects. His skills and knowledge extends to container terminal planning, bulk material terminals, fishing ports, marina developments and waterfront developments.

Principal, Maritime & Coastal – Victoria
T: +61 3 8687 8160

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Scott Vivian - Queensland

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Scott is the Project Delivery Manager for the Queensland Maritime and Coastal team. 

A Maritime structural engineer, Scott has a broad experience base in the delivery of maritime projects both from a technical and management perspective. Delivering projects through the integration of design, constructability and environmental outcomes at every stage of the project are key tenets of Scott's approach. 

Scott has been involved in a wide range of projects including oil and gas and bulk material terminals, general purpose and small craft facilities, coastal defences, construction and MOF facilities, dredging projects, condition assessment and remediation of port infrastructure and marine temporary works.

Project Delivery Manager, Maritime & Coastal – Queensland
T:  +61 7 3316 3556

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John Nicholls - New South Wales

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John is the manager of the Maritime & Coastal Group in New South Wales.

He is a structural engineer with more than 20 years of civil, structural & marine experience for clients in the defence, oil & gas, nuclear, power and leisure sectors in the UK and Australia. John’s dominant area of activity has been in the design, analysis and assessment of offshore, coastal harbour, marine and oil & gas structures with experience of design management of related projects.

John has significant peer review and due diligence experience relating to the assessment of multi-disciplinary maritime and defence projects.  John also has experience in risk assessment and management techniques and applying these to asset integrity management studies.

Manager, Maritime & Coastal – New South Wales
T:
+61 2 9239 7371

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Fred Bicker - Western Australia

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Fred is a civil engineer with 31 years’ experience in project, design, construction and contract management for projects in Canada, Qatar, Australia, Malaysia, Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Sudan, Egypt, Nigeria, Germany, South Africa and the Netherlands. He has considerable knowledge of the oil and gas sector having recently worked in Canada on a FEED study for a major LNG processing plant and marine export terminal. Earlier he worked on an assignment as Project Director for a FEED Study for the importation of LNG into Mossel Bay in South Africa for PetroSA.

Marine Infrastructure Manager – Western Australia
T:  +61 8 6222 8783

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USA

Craig Lewis

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Craig has more than 18 years’ experience with the design and analysis of structural elements for infrastructure, coastal and utility systems. He has also performed static and dynamic analyses for various finite element structural programs and has extensive experience with seismic design. Craig is extremely familiar with various types of structural materials and construction methods, including reinforced concrete and steel.

Craig has direct experience with design details, both new construction and repair/retrofit and has worked with various design codes including AISC, ACI, UBC, CBC and API. He has provided repair and retrofit design details for various structural elements including concrete load-bearing piles, bent caps and slabs. He also manages several extensive site inspections and field surveys to determine the above and below water condition of marine structures.

Manager, Maritime & Coastal – USA
T:
+1 415 296 3605

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