Port Consultants Rotterdam has extensive experience with the development of port masterplans as can be noticed from Port Consultants Rotterdam’s port masterplan project references. Besides developing port masterplans from scratch (greenfield port developments), Port Consultants Rotterdam also updates and reviews existing port masterplans (for example the update of Porto Central masterplan) or the review of the masterplan for Sonadia Deep Sea Port).
Port masterplan methodology
Port Consulants Rotterdam experts were involved in the development of the port masterplan for the Rotterdam port expansion Maasvlakte 2
A port masterplan describes the long-term development of a port complex. The time horizon of a port masterplan project is at least two decades. Because of this long-term perspective, robustness is the most essential design requirement. The masterplan should be based on the most likely future as forecasted in trade and traffic projections. However, it should also be able to meet yet unforeseen challenges in the coming decades.
For that reason, Port Consultants Rotterdam advocates a design concept that optimizes the robustness of the port masterplan by maximizing the flexibility of phased development.
The Port Consultants Rotterdam project approach for port masterplans can be characterized as port development from an exploitation point of view. Financial and economic feasibility are at the core of the masterplanning process. As a consequence, Port Consultants Rotterdam developed an interactive design cycle that enables a direct feed-back from a business case model to the masterplan design. A port masterplan study typically covers the following fields: