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Port and Coastal Facilities



Course format On-site
Date 2020-08-17 - 2020-12-20

Guidelines and principles in marine civil engineering. Approach navigation channels, ports and harbours. Terminal facilities. Marine structures in port and coastal engineering; quays, including moorings and fenders, breakwaters, coastal defence works etc. Dredging, handling and deposition of clean and polluted materials.


Recommended previous knowledge

TBA4265 Arctic and Marine Civil Engineering, but can be taken same semseter as TBA4265. Advantage with TBA4105 Geotechnics, Design Methods or similar.

Learning outcomes


The candidate has knowledge on:

  • Factors that affect the design of the fairways in confined waters.
  • Container handling in port, with emphasis on the use of space and time.
  • Design and construction procedures for quay structures.
  • Advantages and disadvantages of open quays in relation to massive quays.
  • Dredging methods and equipment, and disposal of contaminated dredged material on land or at sea.
  • Design and construction of coastal structures as rubble mound breakwaters, caisson breakwaters and wave screens etc.
  • Forces from non-breaking and breaking waves on piles, etc.


The candidate will be able to:

  • Design a fairway on the basis of knowledge of traffic, ship types and weather conditions.
  • Calculate the necessary navigation depth in shallow areas.
  • Calculate the required tug assistance for various ship types and weather conditions.
  • Calculate container capacity with different handling and assess cost-benefit impact of investments in new equipment.
  • The procedure of building an open berth quay with small items and how to build a solid berth by the use of sheet piles.
  • Evaluate and recommend fenders for different types of ships and docks.
  • Choosing the right dredging equipment for different types of dredging material.
  • Design the disposal facility for contaminated dredge material.
  • Design breakwaters and other structures in the coastal zone against action from waves and fluctuating water levels.

General competence

The candidate has:

  • Applicable knowledge and basis for the planning, design and construction of marine facilities on the coast and in ports. This includes breakwaters, harbor structures (jetties, dolphins, fenders, etc.), approach channels, dredging of clean and polluted soil.
  • Understanding of issues related to ports, including environmental conditions and safety and risk.
  • The basis for being able to read and understand journal articles and other academic literature in this field.
  • Knowledge of PIANC and PIANC's activities and resources.(PIANC is The World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure).


ISCED Categories

Conservation and environmental management
Near- and offshore constructions