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Maritime engineering

Arup brings inventive, trusted solutions to the complex challenges of maritime environments.

Changes in global trade, sea level rise and stretched resources mean that ports, coastal industry and communities must constantly adapt.

To meet the challenge of adaptation, we bring specialist understanding to the entire range and lifecycle of maritime structures, infrastructure and projects.

Whether guiding a client from concept to realisation, or focusing on a tight brief, we provide a full toolkit of maritime engineering expertise in masterplanning, due diligence and feasibility studies, inspections and assessments, consents, engineering design, project management, construction supervision and more.

Arup’s maritime engineering skills – often integrated with Arup’s infrastructure, geotechnicsenvironment and business analysis and financing skills – can solve the most difficult of maritime issues.

Holistic solutions to maritime challenges

Our distinctively collaborative approach allows us to find the most efficient, sustainable and innovative solutions.

The entire breadth of Arup’s engineering skills will realise ambitious plans for the Victoria & Albert (V&A) Museum, Dundee, which is to sit on a platform in the Tay Estuary. Our maritime and building design expertise together will ensure the structure’s feasibility, safety and sustainability – as well as its landmark status and design integrity.

With an equally collaborative spirit, we combine port engineering and masterplanning experience with energy and transport planning expertise to develop more efficient solutions – whether for liquefied natural gas (LNG) distribution in Gladstone, Australia or Algeciras, Spain; or to refurbish the vital Ro-Ro (roll-on, roll-off) facilities in Jersey; or to develop new container terminals in Spain, Morocco and Russia.

Forward thinking for changing shorelines

Our coastal protection and flood risk expertise helps protect coastal and estuarine environments and communities.

We gave expert advice to the UK Environment Agency to support their TE2100 Flood Risk Management Plan. The plan is a detailed assessment of all options to manage tidal flood risk throughout London and the Thames estuary, alongside the costs, benefits and environmental impacts of each option.

For Greystones Harbour, a mixed-development regeneration project in Ireland, Arup ensured that the design of new breakwaters reduced wave heights to mitigate coastal erosion. We supported the client to achieve its environmental aims by designing a practicable approach to managing the natural retreat of the cliff, together with beach nourishment where erosion was unsustainable.

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  • Mike Pinkney
  • Global Maritime Engineering Leader

Explore our work

Caisson at Costa Azul Terminal. Credit SempraGlobal.

Project: Costa Azul

Minimising the facility cost and environmental footprint of major LNG receival terminal.

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Greystones Harbour from the air. Credit Jim Quinn Photography.

Project: Greystones Harbour

A Public Private Partnership to revitalise and expand this Irish harbour.

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