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Marine Container Terminal Planning

  • COPRISponsored by COPRI and the COPRI Ports and Harbors Committee Certificate in Port Engineering Task Committee

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    Course Dates: September 21 – December 11, 2020     Register Now

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    Purpose & Background

    This course will provide a fundamental understanding of how containerized commerce drives container terminal operations, and how those operations drive infrastructure. The course will show how the demands for capacity, efficiency, and safety drive equipment selection, properties, and impacts configuration and layout of wharf, yard, gate, rail, and support areas. It will also demonstrate how these demands impact building sizing, placement, and access patterns, human movements and activities on the terminal and the essentials of the basis of design. Although specific to containers, many of the concepts are applicable to the design of roll-on/roll-off, breakbulk, and dry bulk port operating facilities. Similarities and differences will be highlighted.


    Thomas Ward, P.E., S.E., D.PE, M.ASCE

    Course Benefits and Learning Outcomes

    • Develop concentrated, compact, and wide-area container-induced ground loads for containers in any storage configuration: 5 major cases
    • Develop the transverse geometrics of a container wharf as a function of vessel size, berth configuration, and transport equipment: 4 major cases
    • Develop the striping geometry of a container wharf as a function of transport equipment and circulation requirements: 2 major cases
    • Estimate the maximum practical throughput capacity of a container berth and wharf, and estimate the required cranes: 3 major cases
    • Estimate the ground area required to serve specific throughput demands: 6 major cases
    • Prepare a safe container yard ground striping plan for specific equipment types: 4 major cases
    • Prepare a safe layout for worker and equipment parking: 2 major cases
    • Estimate the working and storage track required to serve specific rail throughput demands: 3 major cases
    • Size the major elements of an entry/exit gate complex and prepare a safe flow plan: 3 major cases
    • Prepare a conceptual plan for the distribution of power and water across a terminal: 2 cases
    • Correctly characterize the pavement domains in a terminal: 4 cases

    Who Should Attend?

    • Port authority master planners
    • Port authority engineering designers
    • Consulting port planners and engineers
    • Terminal development or operating company engineers
    • Goods movement transportation professionals

    Course Outline


    2.4 CEUs / 24 PDHs


    Early Bird Rate (Until September 7): Member $1395 | Non-Member $1695
    Regular Rate (After September 7): Member $1695 | Non-Member $1995