With more than 40 years’ experience in ports, coastal and maritime infrastructure engineering, SMEC brings a proud history of delivering diligent design and support services to the ports sector. Our global team of port advisory specialists have a deep understanding of the many competing demands placed on our port authorities and operators.

Maritime facilities embody a complex array of highly specialised, interfacing mechanical systems and infrastructure that must often withstand extreme climatic conditions. Our port planners combine knowledge of port operations with strong commercial and regulatory acumen.


Our ports expertise is supported by a global team of multi-disciplinary experts to ensure projects achieve technical excellence and best practice environmental outcomes.

Our expertise

Our port capability extends to all aspects of associated infrastructure including power supply, multi-modal transport systems, water management, communications, and buildings. SMEC’s understanding of the necessity for staged development and scability in design is shown in our master planning work.


We plan terminal layouts and industrial precincts that are capable of staged development and steady growth with the flexibility to consider multiple growth and development scenarios.


Port planning also requires in depth knowledge of port systems to determine channel depth, berth size, manoeuvring and processing capacity. We have successfully completed projects on container, multi-purpose and inland port facilities worldwide and provide a range of specialised services to the ports sector.



Talk to one of our global specialists about our Port Planning, Operations and Logistics solutions.