Port & river engineering

Port & river engineering

Port & river engineering are the cornerstones of SBE's growth. In Belgium we have put ourselves on the map by completing many lock and quay wall related projects in the Port of Antwerp. Today, we help developing major ports & hydraulic structures from Nicaragua to Myanmar and are renowned for lock design.

Port & terminal development

Shipping via sea and inland waterways is a key mode of transport; each year global freight volumes are growing and ports are being expanded to cope with increasing traffic and larger vessels. SBE has built most of its expertise based on port related projects, starting more than 25 years ago in the port of Antwerp (Belgium).

Nowadays, SBE develops master plans for (future) major deep water greenfield ports on the African continent, East Asia, the Carribean and Europe. Our services extent from feasibility studies up to detailed engineering of port and terminal infrastructure. Our references do not only include large deep water ports, marina's and inland ports are also part of our expertise.

Port & terminal development

Both government and corporate clients typically approach SBE with a potential port development project. SBE then delivers a 360° service including (pre)feasibility, master planning, traffic forecasting, engineering design, terminal and hinterland design, financial modelling and assistance with procurement according to -ie.- World Bank standards.

Lock & quay wall design

In Belgium and the Netherlands, locks are common structures along waterways and in port areas, used to get from one water level to a higher or lower level at the other end of the lock. In (sea) ports, they are used to maintain a constant water level in the docking area, allowing 24/7 operability.

Container traffic is a vital part of many ports' annual freight volume and container vessels keep increasing in draft and width. SBE has been involved with the design of the largest recent locks in Belgium, the Netherlands and even the world; ie. in Panama and Sevilla (Spain). By combining our extensive know-how and applying the latest developments in finite element analysis, we belong to one of the global leaders in lock design.

Lock & quay wall design

Quay wall design is another area SBE excells in. We have experience in designing all common types of quay walls such as gravity walls, L-shaped walls, sheet pile walls, combi-walls,... in Europe, Africa and Asia. Our references include tidal quay walls with retaining heights of more than 30 meters suited for mooring vessels with draft up to 16 meters.

Integrated river basin management

Our climate is changing: extreme temperatures, heavy rainfall, melting ice caps,... More than ever, these themes are part of everyday news. The change in climate already affects millions of people living close to river systems, unfortunately prospects aren't bright.

SBE is well aware of these issues and has been focusing on integrated river basin management and coastal protection measures for several years now. Integrated river basin management is the process of coordinating conservation, management and development of water, land and related resources across sectors within a given river basin, in order to maximise the economic and social benefits derived from water resources in an equitable manner while preserving and, where necessary, restoring freshwater ecosystems.

Integrated river basin management

Our competences cover all aspects related to river basin management ranging from master planning in the feasibility phase up to final detailed design. During the process we continuously discuss with all stakeholders to make sure we deliver a sustainable solution for all parties involved.

Water resources engineering

Water resources engineering is closely related to integrated river basin management. Water can be either scarce or abundatly available and its availability can vary enormously during the course of the year. Water basins behind (hydropower) dams serve multiple goals such as more controlled water levels upstream of the dam, meeting the need for irrigation, power generation,...

Water resources engineering

SBE performs water resources management studies including hydropower dam design, mitigation measure assessment & design and river training engineering. We are also able to make hydrological and hydraulic analyses for river systems and we can look back at some international experiences in Nicaragua (technical feasibility of a future Nicaragua canal) and Myanmar (hydropower pilot project on the Irrawaddy river).