April 03, 2020

Port Planner

Port facilities need to adapt to increases in trade and the production of bigger and bigger vessels that require deeper berths and more quay space.

The Port Planner needs to ensure that the future investment in infrastructure of the port accurately adapts to these changes. The position requires a keen understanding of international economics and trade – as well as the impact that global policies may have on local trade volumes.

Data needs to be analysed to make forecasts about the type of additional infrastructure that should be planned for future developments within the port. This may include additional berth space, deeper drafts (dredging), more laydown space or the acquisition of different quayside equipment such as gantries and cranes. It could also involve decisions around allocation of space within the port for bulk storage, ship repair or leisure activities.


Key tasks:

·        Collection and analysis of port land use and economic data.

·        Collection and analysis of terminal/port throughput statistics.

·        Monitoring and evaluating trade patterns and maritime trends.

·        Manage port consultants.

·        Preparing and performing market forecasts and studies.


Entry requirements/training:

A degree in Urban Planning, Architecture, Public Administration, Civil Engineering, Economics or related fields with experience in the port or logistics environment. A Port Planner will likely work as a trainee port planner or assistant port planner before being promoted.


Career advancement:

Further advancement within the port management structure is available to Port Planners who gain additional business and management skills.