Douglas Harbour new cruise berth assessment

Evaluating the hydrodynamic and sedimentary implications of potential designs of new cruise berths

Isle of Man Harbours, Ports Division, Department of Infrastructure is undertaking a Master Planning process for the port facilities at Douglas Harbour. The Master Planning has indicated the potential for deep-water berthing facilities outside the Douglas Harbour entrance for vessels that cannot be accommodated within the existing harbour.

ABPmer was asked to evaluate the hydrodynamic and sedimentary implications of potential designs of new cruise berths with respect to potential future maintenance dredging needs and ship navigation to and from the harbour.

To understand the impact of the hydrodynamic, wave and sediment transport regime, we undertook an oceanographic survey, developed a baseline conceptual understanding of the physical environment and numerically modelled the berthing options. These analyses were then used to inform the sedimentation and navigation assessments.

Design Support


ABPmer is a recognised authority in numerical modelling and metocean criteria, and is regularly called upon to provide technical input to engineering design that satisfies both consenting requirements and international standards.