Port and Harbour Engineering

A large component of the work carried out by OCEL relates to port and harbour offshore engineering.


OCEL has been involved, with its predecessor company, in marine and harbour works since 1964. Projects undertaken include the investigations and layouts for Greenfields port developments, design and construction supervision of a number of heavy duty wharf structures around New Zealand, and planning and assessment of the feasibility of port facilities including haulouts, shiplifts, graving docks and ferry loading facilities. Geotechnical investigation work both from OCEL’s floating pontoon and subsea diver assisted has been provided.

OCEL has designed more heavy duty wharves than any other New Zealand consultancy.

The latest examples include:

  • Port Otago Ltd – design of a new 135m long heavy duty wharf extension as the design component of a successful design and build contract for HEB Structures Ltd. Currently under construction late 2017
  • Port of Tauranga – design of a new container berth for HEB Structures Limited – 2012-2013
  • Port of Napier – design of No 4 Wharf and reclamation for HEB Structures Limited – 2008/2009
  • Nelson – for McConnell Smith and Port Nelson Limited, Main Wharf – 2009.