Port Consultants Rotterdam has extensive experience with the development of port masterplans as can be noticed from PCR’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 the Rijeka port masterplan or the review of Sonadia Deep Sea Port).

Port masterplan methodology

Port masterplan of the Maasvlakte 2, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

PCR developed 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 the 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 financial model to the masterplan design. A port masterplan study typically covers the following fields:

  • Based on a commercial strategy a number of development options for all maritime and industrial activities in the port will be drawn up and evaluated. An optimum development scenario will be selected.

  • This scenario will be translated into a phased and flexible design.

  • A financial and economic analysis, including tariff analysis, will evaluate the feasibility of the port masterplan.

  • An implementation plan describes the development and may contain recommendations on the institutional development of the port management.

The execution of a port masterplan study asks for a broad expertise in all fields of port development, exploitation and operation. Port Consultants Rotterdam can provide the overview in these fields based on a vast practical experience in designing and implementing masterplans. To complement the in-house expertise Port Consultants Rotterdam co-operates with specialized firms experienced in all relevant fields.

If you want to know more about what Port Consultants Rotterdam can mean for your port or terminal or if you have any other enquiries, please contact us

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