Ports & Maritime

Working waterfronts and inland ports are in high demand due to increases in international trade, cruise operations, national defense activities, and coastal and inland waterway development. At the same time, changes in state and federal environmental regulations abound as the industry evolves. The continued focus on increasing capacity and efficiency, adopting new technology, embracing decarbonization, improving air and water quality, and minimizing environmental impacts is driving investment in infrastructure, facilities, and services.

With more than five decades of experience, Kimley-Horn provides integrated services to support a full range of port and maritime needs. We deliver critical projects and programs tailored to client requirements, from marinas to bulk and container terminals, intermodal facilities to inland ports, and military installations to cruise terminals. We understand the unique ports and maritime environment and how to overcome challenges to deliver innovative, customized outcomes.

Marine Terminals

Kimley-Horn supports public and private marine terminal stakeholders as they optimize, develop, and protect their assets to meet rising demand, adapt to innovation in goods movement technology, and navigate changing environmental requirements and climate-related challenges. We are experienced in providing environmental, planning, design, and construction support for critical assets, including:

Cruise Terminals

The rise in passenger demand and increased investment in cruise ports and facilities have prompted development and reinvestment to meet changing regulations while enhancing passenger experience and safety.

Kimley-Horn has extensive experience designing and adapting infrastructure to support cruise terminals, including terminal building expansions and renovations, boarding bridge replacements, pier and berth expansions, parking facility development, and enhanced multimodal facilities. Kimley-Horn brings unique value by combining our experience across cruise terminal infrastructure and facilities with our knowledge of local, state, and national codes, ordinances, and standards.

Inland Ports

As a key link in the global supply chain, inland ports are strategically positioned at the intersection of interstates, major highways, and railroads and are almost always connected to marine terminals via freight rail lines. Kimley-Horn’s expertise in the planning and design of railroad infrastructure, container yards, major roadways, and industrial development aligns perfectly with the needs of inland ports. Through our multidisciplinary services, we help you plan and design the facilities that can streamline your inland port’s functionality, allow for space efficiency, reduce traffic congestion, and modernize the movement of goods.

Military Installations

Our work encompasses military intermodal and marine facilities to address the unique needs and challenges of defense and non-defense operations. From installations with working waterfronts to strategic road and rail assets serving inland installations, we integrate our transportation, port, and terminal-specific services with our expertise in developing solutions for military readiness. We work diligently to help ensure that our offerings align with the military’s mission, comply with US Department of Defense requirements, and leverage innovations from our broader experience to deliver value for federal clients.

Waterfront Facilities and Marinas

Investing to increase resilience will be essential to the long-term viability of waterfront communities and their critical infrastructure and facilities. Kimley-Horn’s services address a broad range of assets, including marinas and shoreline systems, stormwater and utilities, waterfront development, and all types of transportation.

Kimley-Horn helps clients identify and evaluate real-world solutions, partnering with you to plan and design waterfront and marina projects to mitigate potential risks, offer greater resilience, and maximize the value and benefit of your waterfront. Our project experience encompasses field investigations, grant applications, permitting, environmental services, landscape architecture, planning, design, and construction phase services. From fixed and floating docks to boat mooring facilities, from bulkheads to natural shorelines and parks, and from marine to municipal infrastructure, Kimley-Horn provides all the necessary services for your waterfront and its community.

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