Ports and coastal

The timely delivery of infrastructure is now a key priority more than ever, with ports and coastal clients requiring innovative delivery models to accelerate the design and completion of ports and coastal infrastructure projects, maintain an acceptable level of return on investment and capitalise on current market conditions.

Marli Geldenhuys
Expertise leader: Ports and coastal

Our ability to deliver integrated expertise that is fit for purpose, with a surety of delivery timeframes and quality, is one of the prime reasons clients choose to work with Zutari.

Our deep industry experience and the intimate knowledge our teams have of the facilities on which they work enables our project teams to add real value to projects through a targeted, ‘no frills’ approach, where we identify the project components required to make the project a success and meet the client’s objectives. In addition to the initial development of facilities, our clients also turn to us for ongoing support with asset management and capital upgrade projects.

At Zutari, we understand that trade drives port development, and that cost-efficient, safe, and reliable operation is critical for port development. Ports also need to operate sustainably, sensitive to near-shore environments, and be aligned with government and regional development agendas.

We have extensive experience delivering port projects across the full project lifecycle for port users, operators and authorities, miners and oil companies, as well as contractors and funders/donors. Experienced in the design, construction, maintenance and upgrade of ports and coastal infrastructure, we tailor multi-disciplinary solutions, providing operational efficiency and flexibility throughout a project’s life cycle.

Port planning and feasibility studies

We understand that trade drives port development and that key success factors for a port development focus on the ability to operate cost efficiently, safely and reliably. We have over 70 years of experience delivering port projects across the full project lifecycle for port users, operators and authorities, miners and oil companies, as well as contractors and funders/donors.
Our areas of expertise in the ports and terminal environment includes cargo studies, master planning, site data collection, concept, pre-feasibility and feasibility, implementation, commissioning, operation and maintenance, and closure. Specialist services integrating with our expertise include major capital works, coastal works, asset management, documentation and tendering, intermodal facilities, port infrastructure, marine works, navigational, and project and construction management.

For any requirement inside port gates – from policy and strategy, planning and approvals, projects, design, construction, operations and maintenance, to closure – we provide a fully integrated service across the following sectors:

  • Ports and harbour design, including layouts, breakwaters, navigation assessments, and wave penetration studies
  • Dry bulk terminals, including mine development terminals and rail and port bulk transport solutions, oil and gas terminals, container terminals, dry port and intermodal terminals, and multipurpose terminals
  • Trans-shipment facilities
  • Ferry terminals
  • Coastal management and protection
  • Small craft facilities and waterfront developments

Expertise in marine infrastructure includes dredging, reclamation, breakwaters, groynes, and revetments, wharves, quays and jetties, as well as cargo handling facilities and cargo storage facilities.

We understand that trade drives port development, and that cost-efficient, safe, and reliable operation is critical for port development.
We understand that the exponential cost of constructing new infrastructure is one of the primary stumbling blocks for the growing infrastructure gap globally and within Africa.

Our teams are also focused on the coastal and marine environment, including winds, waves, currents, and sediment transport, an understanding of which is a critical component to provide an efficient and reliable marine facility. Our understanding of the characteristics of these products, combined with specialised skills in the design of seaboard bulk materials handling facilities and exposed nearshore facilities, and wharf/ship loader combinations, sets Zutari apart from its competitors.

Planning ports, as well as their supporting infrastructure, can involve many logistical, environmental and financial issues. Our deep experience in ports and bulk materials handling enhances our understanding of these issues.

We have undertaken site investigation studies and design of numerous port structures. As we became involved in seaboard bulk materials handling projects (especially for materials such as sugar, grain, coal and metalliferous products), our project capability expanded to include onshore facilities, port infrastructure and material transport systems.

The unique environment and requirements are assessed for each port project during the feasibility and planning stages. We can provide all the required services for planning a new port or expanding an existing port, including the areas listed below.

Port infrastructure refurbishment

We understand that the exponential cost of constructing new infrastructure is one of the primary stumbling blocks for the growing infrastructure gap globally and within Africa. It is common knowledge that poor infrastructure or the lack of it, impacts costs and could result trade within a region becoming uncompetitive both regionally and globally. As such, the refurbishment of major port infrastructure is of utmost importance, with a view to increase the level of intra-African regional trade and integration. We are experienced in providing detailed condition assessments, including forensic investigations to determine the state of deterioration. We have also successfully developed effective repair methodologies for the restoration of marine infrastructure to a safe and functional state.

Small craft harbours

We have successfully executed status quo assessments of small craft harbours and marinas and provided for the structural review of new jetty with construction defects, recommended some modifications and further investigations. We have also been involved in the replacement and refurbishment of jetty protection mechanisms and have expertise in the feasibility, design and implementation across a range of projects. At Zutari, we understand the scale and complexity of these type of small craft facilities and have successfully undertaken the development of a detailed masterplan marinas, floating berths, pontoon facilities and tug harbours. Our experience in small harbours also includes environmental impact assessment (EIA) checklists, dredging permits, heritage permits and environmental management plans (EMPs). We are currently engaged in the provision of services for dredging maintenance management plans, wreck removal management, repair of slipways, jetties, shipyards and general quay maintenance.

Coastal

Offering the full suite of coastal science and engineering services, we use state of the art modelling tools and software to provide comprehensive capabilities across data acquisition and analysis, numerical and physical modelling, design and specification, construction supervision and condition assessments.

Our coastal engineers are experienced in the development of design solutions for shore protection works, sea access structures, commercial and residential developments and recreation facilities which provide a harmonious integration with the coastal environment. Our experience in the development of infrastructure ranges from public boat ramps, breakwaters/revetments, reclamations and sea intake/outfalls to major offshore terminals.

Our teams focus on the coastal and marine environment, including winds, waves, currents, and sediment transport, which is a critical part of providing an efficient and reliable marine facility. Our understanding of the characteristics of these products, combined with specialised skills in the design of seaboard bulk materials handling facilities and exposed nearshore facilities, and wharf/ship loader combinations, sets us apart from our competitors.

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