An international working group at PIANC, the World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure, has prepared a new publication: ‘Ports on Greenfield Sites – Guidelines for Site Selection and Masterplanning’.
PIANC previously worked on guidelines for the preparation of masterplans for the development of existing ports (WG158). The objectives of this new publication (WG185) are to provide a comprehensive guide for the masterplanning of new ports and specialist marine terminals on greenfield sites.
The report provides guidance on how to:
• set the functional and performance requirements
• outline the spatial needs
• identify and evaluate the potential sites
• consider metocean, geophysical, hydrodynamic, environmental and other parameters associated with the development site
• define the optimum location for new port/terminal development
• prepare development options
• evaluate/screen/optimise development options
• plan the permitting and
• implement the masterplan.
At each stage, the approach considers the environmental aspects, constraints and requirements of the port development adopting PIANC’s Working with Nature concepts.
Ian Cruickshank, Director of Engineering and Delivery at HR Wallingford, who chaired the PIANC MarCom cross industry working group, said: “We appreciate the wide industry contribution and hope these new guidelines will prove useful for practitioners, clients and stakeholders worldwide.”