TBA4145 - Port and Coastal Facilities


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours G

Course content

Guidelines and principles in marine civil engineering. Approach navigation channels, ports and harbours. Terminal facilities. Marine structures in port and coastal engineering; quays, including moorings and fenders, breakwaters, coastal defence works etc. Dredging, handling and deposition of clean and polluted materials.

Learning outcome


The candidate has knowledge on:

  • Factors that affect the design of the fairways in confined waters.
  • Container handling in port, with emphasis on the use of space and time.
  • Design and construction procedures for quay structures.
  • Advantages and disadvantages of open quays in relation to massive quays.
  • Dredging methods and equipment, and disposal of contaminated dredged material on land or at sea.
  • Design and construction of coastal structures as rubble mound breakwaters, caisson breakwaters and wave screens etc.
  • Forces from non-breaking and breaking waves on piles, etc.


The candidate will be able to:

  • Design a fairway on the basis of knowledge of traffic, ship types and weather conditions.
  • Calculate the necessary navigation depth in shallow areas.
  • Calculate the required tug assistance for various ship types and weather conditions.
  • Calculate container capacity with different handling and assess cost-benefit impact of investments in new equipment.
  • The procedure of building an open berth quay with small items and how to build a solid berth by the use of sheet piles.
  • Evaluate and recommend fenders for different types of ships and docks.
  • Choosing the right dredging equipment for different types of dredging material.
  • Design the disposal facility for contaminated dredge material.
  • Design breakwaters and other structures in the coastal zone against action from waves and fluctuating water levels.

General competence

The candidate has:

  • Applicable knowledge and basis for the planning, design and construction of marine facilities on the coast and in ports. This includes breakwaters, harbor structures (jetties, dolphins, fenders, etc.), approach channels, dredging of clean and polluted soil.
  • Understanding of issues related to ports, including environmental conditions and safety and risk.
  • The basis for being able to read and understand journal articles and other academic literature in this field. - Knowledge of PIANC and PIANC's activities and resources.(PIANC is The World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure).

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, exercises and self study. The subject is integrated in the MSC program Coastal and Marine Civil Engineering and is taught in English.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

At least 8 out of 10 exercises must be approved in order to access the exam. School exam counting 100 %. If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written to oral.

Course materials

Textbook, lecture notes and selected papers.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Port Engineering
  • Marine Civil Engineering
  • Building and construction technology
  • Coastal Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Marine Technology
  • Marine Topics
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 G PAPIR
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS School exam 100/100 G PAPIR
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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