Challenge

The world’s ports are at the heart of a dynamic and interdependent logistics network that enables global trade. Many of these ports contend with aging infrastructure, budgetary constraints, market competition, rapidly changing technology, competing urban developments, and the ongoing effects of climate change. Managing these challenges requires a comprehensive, innovative, and cost-effective approach to problem-solving that will result in sustainable outcomes for ports, users and the affected communities.

Hatch’s Ports and Terminals team of professionals, have a world of experience that can help you fulfil the functional requirements of your port and/or terminal development or brownfield upgrade, from site selection and master planning through to design, execution and operational support of wharves, piers, coastal structures, and terminal infrastructure, both landside and waterside.

Our team is well-equipped to address future challenges through collaboration with clients on terminal modernization and automation, and the transition to alternative fuels. We are committed to mitigating the impacts of climate change by focusing on decarbonization, adaptation, and resiliency.

 

Solutions

 
Smart container terminals
Container Terminals must use solutions that address the physical, digital, safety, and functional challenges of automated operations. Our comprehensive understanding of automation systems and our experience in implementing and operating terminal solutions around the globe can help you design a highly functional system that delivers your business objectives. Our approach is to work closely with our clients and their equipment and system vendors to ensure that the delivered solution is integrated and supports the client’s operational processes.  We have tools for QA, emulation testing and data analytics, that are unique in the container terminal industry and help clients achieve their goals faster and continue optimizing and improving after handover. 
 
Alternative fuels
The use of alternative fuels, including green ammonia and hydrogen, is growing in response to the global demand for a reduction in carbon emissions. To meet this demand, it’s essential to upgrade existing port and terminal facilities to accommodate conventional products as well as alternate fuels using shared infrastructure. We are actively involved in numerous developments for alternate fuel handling, both brownfield and greenfield, and understand the challenges of handling multiple products in close quarters.
 
Climate change, adaptation, and resilience
In a world of shifting climates, ensuring the longevity of ports and terminals infrastructure demands resilient solutions. Our adaptation planning experts prioritize location-specific climate challenges and assess risks beyond engineering. We collaborate with asset owners to develop road maps for medium and long-term decarbonization of terminals as well as ports as carbon producers. Hatch contextualizes the required actions through clarification of present and future risks, proposing mitigation strategies, and integrate holistic adaptations that consider social, environmental, and economic factors. Our approach embeds these actions into ongoing operations and governance, ensuring the long-term resilience of ports and terminals infrastructure against the effects of climate change. 
 
Master planning 
We are world leaders in supporting our clients with long-range master planning and strategic development. Our approach is multifaceted and focuses on understanding the key economic, environmental, and social drivers to deliver a robust plan. Our team challenges the standard static structure and land use plan. We develop and deliver dynamic masterplans that allow our clients to swiftly evaluate future proposals, invest in infrastructure with confidence, and increase the plan’s relevance. 

Capabilities

Container terminals optimization

Responding effectively to client requirements to increase capacity and throughput while optimizing capital and operating costs requires an understanding of all aspects of the container terminal – rail/road interface, storage and stacking capabilities, and ship loading and unloading parameters. Our container terminal specialists provide expertise, know-how, operational experience, and lessons learned from projects around the world to help you achieve your goals.

Learn more about the Centerm Expansion and the Westside Modernization projects.

Dry bulk terminals

coal terminal

We have a long history of successful execution of dry bulk terminals around the world and are industry leaders in developing suitable and cost-effective facilities to load and receive a multitude of bulk products, commodities, and ores on oceangoing vessels.

Our expertise covers all aspects of bulk materials handling including conveying, stacking and reclaiming, storing, truck/rail/ship loading and unloading, surge bins and sampling systems. To support these core services, we have a center of excellence in granular flow performance providing advanced discrete element modelling (DEM) services. 

Learn more about the Custom Free Zone in Argos and the Dalrymple Bay projects.

Liquid terminals

Gorgon natural gas project site

Maximizing efficiency and productivity in liquid bulk terminals requires the right combination of handling, processing, storage systems, and transport design. We offer a full range of world-class solutions in planning, design, and construction management, including advanced visualization capabilities to help you realize your terminal-capacity potential.

Learn more about the Gorgon project and our LNG expertise.

Intermodal facilities

Container terminal

Ports form a critical part of an extended supply chain stretching from the original manufacturer or producer to the final consumer.  Intermodals have an increasing importance in the logistics supply chain, functioning to link the major transport modes with greater efficiency, integration, and capacity. They require specialized process and infrastructure design, and Hatch’s multidisciplinary teams bring together the rail, civil, transport, and system knowledge needed.

Learn more about the Westside Modernization and Transnet projects. 

Master planning

Transnet Capital Expansion

Master planning should go beyond traditional engineering and incorporate the best of marine, land use and transportation planning, market research, and economics. It should also include sustainable design and technological innovation with sound engineering principles. We provide a comprehensive plan that is tailored, impactful, and actionable to ensure the appropriate programing of critical capital investments, operational improvements, asset management, and commercial arrangements. 

Learn more about the Transnet Capital Expansion Program and the Long-range master plan for Port of New York and New Jersey 

Strategic planning

gathering in the park

Ports are often one of the largest landholders in a city and are strategically placed on waterfront land that is increasingly valuable to numerous government bodies. Whether expanding, redistributing, or pivoting uses, effective planning can ensure best use for port operations. Our team works closely with Hatch’s urban solutions experts, including recognized urban planners, economists, transport planning, and social and environmental specialists. 

Further information on our Great Places Process can be found here.

Marine structures

Neptune Bulk Terminal

Successful ports require cost-effective and maintenance-efficient marine structures, including wharves, quays, piers, bulkheads, caissons, cellular docks, revetments, jetties, and approach structures. Our globally situated experts work with you to develop solutions with minimized initial costs and reduced maintenance requirements over the life of the facility. We have experience with new, existing, and extending  structures, for example analysis of existing wharves for larger  ship loaders and can incorporate our knowledge of steel and concrete corrosion. 

Learn more about the Neptune Bulk Terminals Capacity Upgrade and the Argos Port Expansion. 

Coastal engineering 

We can help you enhance port stability and sustainability by leveraging our coastal expertise. This includes analyzing coastal climate, collecting metocean data, assessing ship motion, and designing protective structures. We also focus on adaptation planning and navigation simulation, which promotes environmentally friendly solutions like living shorelines. Our approach minimizes environmental impact and maximizes operational efficiency, benefiting both ports and infrastructure assets.

Dredging and reclamation

Dredging plays a vital role in marine construction, from maintaining shipping channels to reclaiming land and nourishing beaches. We understand the unique challenges of dredging and reclamation projects. Our comprehensive services encompass the entire project life cycle, offering strategic asset management, beneficial reuse assessments, reclamation design, onsite project management, and advisory expertise in dredging, planning, and procurement. We are committed to ensuring the success and sustainability of your maritime projects. 

Navigation and shipping

From initial site selection through to increasing throughput of existing facilities, navigability can make or break the viability of any ports project. Our experience in designing ports across the globe includes working with difficult metocean challenges and conditions. We also consider factors such as requirements for tugs and support vessels and, where required, draw on the expertise of seafarers and numerical modeling to incorporate real-world experience.   

Project and construction management

doc review at site

Hatch has successfully completed projects under a number of different commercial models, including Owners Engineer, Independent Verifier, and Design and Construct. We are also experienced at providing full lifecycle support as an Engineering, Procurement, and Construction Management services.

Learn more about our services Digital Project Delivery | Procurement | Project Controls | Project Management | Construction Management | Operations readiness, commissioning, and ramp-up | Commissioning | Readiness management made easy | Risk Management 

Supply chain logistics and dynamic simulation

Using specialized modeling and analysis systems, our dynamic-simulations experts help develop holistic production point-to-port solutions that integrate transport logistics, materials handling, material transport, operational modeling, scheduling, and berth planning. We identify bottlenecks and problem areas and evaluate opportunities, to help clients better understand the implications of planning decisions on return on investment.

Your materials, delivered to their destination on time and within budget

Designing, constructing, and optimizing an efficient global supply chain requires more than technical engineering know-how. It needs a partner that can contribute and ensure innovative and cost-effective solutions. We can help, from pit to port.

“Pak Wisnu and the entire Hatch Team (including subcontractors) are demonstrating excellent performance, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hatch delivered all key documentation on time, including meeting our construction permitting time frame. With open communication, and strong commitments from the entire Hatch Team, we are confident in Hatch’s ability to deliver as promised.”

Muhammad Ridwan Abbas | Wetar Development Manager, Merdeka Copper Gold

“Hatch were engaged by the Port Authority of NSW to develop port concept and master plans for strategically located assets in the Port Authority’s portfolio. Hatch were integral in bringing global expertise to the table that enabled the development of an evidence-based strategy to form a future growth-based plan for port operations.”

Trent Morosin | Group Executive, Assets & Development , Port Authority of NSW

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Meeting the challenge of decarbonizing the world's ports

Werner Gous, Ezgi Kaya, Michael Houen, Andrew Catto & Sudhir Thakurdin
Decarbonization in transportation infrastructure and operations is crucial to mitigating climate change issues being discussed at COP28.  According to the United Nations Office for Project Services, an estimated 79% of global greenhouse gas emissions are related to infrastructure.
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Making the case for reinvestment in transport infrastructure

Vincent Hamel
In a world where infrastructure looms large, Vincent Hamel's blog underscores how Europe can wield adversity as an opportunity for transformative change. Our author expertly navigates the crossroads of policy imperatives, shedding light on the ambitious goals set by European states to combat climate change while stimulating economic prosperity - through transport infrastructure. Discover how the marriage of economic development and decarbonization can pave the way for a prosperous, resilient, and carbon-neutral Europe.
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