Building ports and harbour infrastructure.

Reinforced Earth® structures are aptly suited for construction of ports, harbours, quays, breakwaters and marinas, including watertight marine structures. Their unique abilities to withstand extraordinary stresses enable our structures to support buildings, railroad, heavy transport trucks, traveling cranes and the stresses generated by bollards and other docking means.  Reinforced Earth® has also been used to build ancillary harbour structures such as slipways and channels, either temporary or permanent.

Earth retaining solutions

The Reinforced Earth® solution is renowned to synthesize secure technical and operational benefits by offering sustainable properties, substantial economic efficiency and minimal duration of the construction period. This solution is proven to be ideal for industrial, public, private, commercial, and recreational users for the construction of safe waterfronts and breakwaters. The use of GeoStrap® and EcoStrap® geosynthetic soil reinforcement in combination with a polymeric connection, or in some cases using high-adherence steel strip soil reinforcements allow for Reinforced Earth® structures to be flexible and adapt with ease for constant exposure to adverse hydraulic conditions. 

Our patented techniques and tailor-made solutions are primarily built to resist the combined forces of water and waterborne debris which can be highly destructive during storms, as well as other environmental stresses such as waves and driven pack ice. Wall facings can be designed with integrated functional features such as wave deflectors and eco-friendly surfaces that support bio-habitats.

Our structures can be built with a waterproofing membrane adhered to the claddings to create watertight structures. This empowers construction to be integrated seamlessly and quickly into coastal defense for sensitive sea ecosystems. These structures may include dry rock and protection levees against natural calamities such as cyclonic storms and extreme tidal fluctuations.

TechWall™ precast concrete cantilever wall and T-Wall® precast concrete gravity wall are also excellent fits for the construction of structures as part of ports and harbors developments.

Scour and erosion protection

Ports and harbors are prone to wave currents and turbulence. This turbulence leads to soil erosion which in the long run may lead to damage of the structure. TechRevetment™ is a formed concrete mattress solution used for permanent erosion protection works. This technology is used to protect embankments (dry or wet) against scour and bed protection.  This system can be installed at rapid speed and under water without the need for dewatering. 


Perfectly adapted

Perfectly adapted

Our GeoMega® system, based on the use of GeoStrap® or EcoStrapTM soil reinforcements combined with polymeric connections set in concrete facing panels are perfectly adapted to seawater environments.

Built to resist

Built to resist

Reinforced Earth® marine structures are designed and built to resist the combined forces of water borne debris, which can be highly destructive to coastal infrastructure during storms, or everyday occurrences, such as waves and the impact of pack ice.

Adequate drainage

Adequate drainage

Our Reinforced Earth® panels combined with appropriate backfill materials ensure adequate drainage, especially if the structure is subject to tides with high amplitudes or storm surges.

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