Moffatt & Nichol has decades of experience working with port authorities, shipping companies, and marine terminal operators worldwide, and we are a recognized leader and innovator in the planning, design, and operations engineering of manned and automated container terminals, as well as the equipment and goods movement infrastructure that support them. We offer clients a complete suite of planning, design, and operational engineering services for marine terminal infrastructure to optimize terminal processes that adjust to state-of-the-art evolution over a facility’s economic life.
In service to the nation, military facilities—especially those on the waterfront—require design and service above and beyond to support their missions. Since our founding, Moffatt & Nichol has provided specialized services for the design of Navy and other Department of Defense waterfront and land-based facilities around the world. These have ranged from new and innovative installations to the rehabilitation and modernization of existing infrastructure. Beyond the drafting table, the design and planning manuals Moffatt & Nichol has authored for the U.S. government have become standards for small craft harbors, moorings, port facilities, waterfront utilities, drydocks and coastal protection.
We combine our specialized expertise in coastal engineering, structural and foundation engineering, marine construction planning, and marine terminal development to help our clients deliver these projects globally. Our global oil and gas services involve projects that include structures, piers, wharves, deep foundations, offshore floating facilities, liquid bulk and LNG terminals, and offshore mooring systems. Our comprehensive marine engineering services include navigation studies, vessel maneuvering, regulatory compliance, and permitting support. In addition, our services include coastal, civil, and structural engineering for substructure design, and mechanical, electrical, piping, and fire protection design for terminal topsides.
Ferries and water taxis enhance regional transportation service for communities where water bodies limit land-based transportation. Moffatt & Nichol provides specialized expertise in planning, operational analysis, traffic management, design, environmental studies, permitting, and construction of ferry terminals, including piers and docks, mooring systems, site work, and terminal buildings. We have a specialized group of planners and engineers dedicated to ferry terminal planning and design as well as coastal and hydraulic engineers experienced in the analysis and design of navigation channels, including vessel maneuvering and channel capacity studies.
The cruise ship market is a major component of the tourism industry, with millions of passengers sailing each year. The industry’s rapid growth has seen an increase in ship construction and vessel size, calling for new and improved passenger and berthing facilities. Moffatt & Nichol tailors our traditional engineering and program management services to support the special needs of cruise ship terminal owners, architects, and planners. These services range from the planning and design of passenger access facilities to the preparation of construction documents for new construction and repairs to existing facilities, including dredging and navigation improvements.
Moffatt & Nichol offers comprehensive planning and design services tailored for clients who own and operate bulk handling terminals and facilities, including financial analyses, feasibility studies, master plans, design documents, and construction support for facilities ranging from berths, jetties, and loading and unloading areas, to storage and transfer systems and inland transportation networks. Our project portfolio includes terminals and facilities that handle coal, ore, mineral concentrates, fertilizers, grain and other agricultural products, construction aggregates, wood products, bulk liquids and other bulk materials.
By leveraging many decades of experience addressing the offshore and nearshore needs of our port clients, we bring ready expertise to the planning and design of offshore wind energy developments. Our extensive work with developers, original equipment manufacturers, and port authorities in this industry has given us a firm understanding of the geometrical, logistics, and loading requirements of wind turbine generation staging, manufacturing, and operations and maintenance marine terminals. Our vertically integrated expert services extend from economic and supply chain analysis to marine structural engineering design, permitting, and construction support. Design work ranges from the increase of lay down area and load ratings for an existing terminal to full planning and design for a new terminal, for both brownfield and greenfield sites.