Solutions to Global Challenges

Speed-up your port's efficiency on water

Streamline transport and boost trade with integrated holistic solutions covering sea, port and land

The issue

Ports are the global gateway for trade. However, most ports can simply not keep up with the growth in shipping volumes around the world. A higher demand for goods means larger vessels which often arrive at the same time. Plus, larger ships take more time to offload leading to more berth time. In addition, congested ports produce more harmful emissions and discharge a higher concentration of ballast water into the environment.

Why it matters

Future ports are anticipated to be even larger drivers of innovation and revenue requiring the port ecosystem to transform into more of an open and efficient community. By leveraging new technology, ports can work smarter with less of an impact on the environment. Whether that’s securing safe vessel transit and berthing, reducing marine pests or mitigating the impact of sediment plumes, there are endless ways in which new technology can help.

How we can help

Identifying the right solutions requires a thorough understanding of risks, issues, and opportunities. Through the unique combination of physics based, advanced software technology with expert consultancy methods recognised by IMO and PIANC, DHI helps ports and terminals increase spatial productivity, streamline operations, reduce expenditures and become more ecofriendly.

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Integrated solutions

Whether you’re interested in collaborating with our expert advisors or taking a hands-on approach using DHI’s digital tools and modelling software, we offer a range of solutions to help your port achieve a more profitable and sustainable future.


Explore hidden capacities and streamline decision making

Safely expand port and waterway throughput capacity
Use the award-winning and physics-based, vessel response online management cloud-application, NCOS ONLINE, to unlock hidden UKC capacities and secure safe vessel transits 24/7. Learn more

Secure safe vessel berthing 24/7
Improve berthing efficiently and safety in all kind of wind and weather using a truly dynamic vessel mooring analysis model forced seamlessly with environmental data, now part of the NCOS ONLINE. Learn more

Automate biosecurity risk assessments
Rely on the 24/7 cloud-application, Vessel-Check, to reduce marine pest risks entering a port, save time and improve overall management efficiency. Learn more

Rely on proven technology for unsurpassed water modelling
Develop an integrated numerical hydrodynamic model of the entire port and navigational channel to better understand channel capacity and moored vessel interaction with the preferred science-based water modelling software, MIKE 21/3. Learn more

Monitor port activity via satellite
Benefit from automated and persistent monitoring of port activities and dynamics such as movements and loading / unloading of ships and containers, tracking vessels and trucks, estimating inventory stocks and monitoring of small changes with provision and advanced analysis of high resolution optical and radar (SAR) satellite data. Learn more


Reduce dredging expenditure and become ecofriendly

Proactively manage port siltation
Reduce channel, waterway and port siltation more cost-effectively through physics-based integrated modelling, machine learning and sensor data. Learn more

Quickly calculate sediment spills in the Cloud
Screen predicted sediment spill and environmental impact for smart planning and cost optimised dredge operations with the online application, PlumeCast, which works in both planning and operational forecast mode. Learn more

Optimise dredging operations 24/7
Maximise dredging windows and minimise environmental impact in real-time using an industry recognised, online dredge decision-support management system that holistically integrates sensor, satellite and modelled data. Learn more

Analyse sedimentation and environmental risks
Solve real-life port siltation and environmental impact issues using specialised sediment transport and water quality modules available through MIKE 21/3 modelling softwareLearn more


Meet increasing cargo, secure your port and stay resilient

Commission development studies for green- and brownfield ports
Explore new ways to optimise port layout with respect to navigation, vessel downtime, siltation and potential flooding with the support of leading port experts and recognised modelling software. Learn more

Optimise the protection of port infrastructures
Assess concepts and ideas through the experimentation of environmental loads and response at our in-house physical model test facilities. Learn more

Analyse metocean design conditions
Support all project stages with instant access to 40 years of high-quality and reliable metocean data using our global MetOcean Data Portal supplemented by onsite surveys and measurements. Learn more

Support port and terminal design with modelling technology
From mitigating downdrift erosion and updrift sedimentation to evaluating capacity scenarios, turn to MIKE 21/3 modelling software to help solve your port infrastructure design challenges. Learn more


Grow port business with nature-based design solutions

Limit your coastal footprint
Grow your port while preserving the surrounding coastal ecosystem with a soft engineering approach to more sustainable coastal, waterfront and port infrastructure. Learn more

Manage port water quality
Improve the water quality of your port and habitats with an ecosystem-based approach that addresses biological, spatial and organizational relationships backed by proven modelling software and monitoring data including satellite imageryLearn more

Limit the consequences of a port oil spill in the Cloud
Prepare for, manage and mitigate the impact of an oil spill in your port area to limit its consequences with the 24/7 cloud application, GlobalSEA Oil Spill, which relies on the best available data on weather and water. Learn more

Investigate water quality concerns and their potential ecological impact
Take advantage of MIKE ECO Lab’s predictive power to ensure bacteria, polluted sediments and harmful algae isn’t a concern for your port and harbour. Learn more

Featured software subscription package

Ports & Maritime

Optimise port and terminal design and operations with this affordable subscription package featuring MIKE 3 Wave FM, MIKE 21 Boussinesq Waves (BW), MIKE 21 Spectral Waves (SW), MIKE 21 Mooring Analysis (MA) and more!

Client successes



What are the constraints of traditional numerical modelling?

Operational safety is at stake when wave movement is high in ports and terminals. As such, port authorities and key stakeholders are concerned with wave conditions affecting vessel motions to avoid costly consequences. In addition, high vessel motions may damage mooring lines, fenders, or even the moored vessels in the port. What if there was a faster, better and easier way to model waves in ports as compared to existing methods? Continue reading

Featured training


Fast and Easy Access to Best-in-Class Metocean Data Globally

Watch this free webinar to gain powerful insight on how your projects can benefit from the online MetOcean Data Portal. Discover exciting new functionalities like data access via APIs and learn how to access recently released and updated global data sets for South Korean, Japanese and Danish waters.

Available anytime | Register


Mooring Analysis with MIKE 21 MA

Learn about the latest features of MIKE 21 Mooring Analysis (MA) software through this free webinar. MIKE 21 Mooring Analysis (MA) extends the applicability of the MIKE Powered by DHI suite towards vessel operations. Explore the latest features of this powerful software recently made available in the 2020 Release.

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Dynamic analysis of moored vessels using MIKE 21 Mooring Analysis (MA)

Learn the fundamentals of mooring analysis through participation in this modular, four-week instructor led, online course. We’ll show you step by step how to set up a moored ship in a port subject to environmental forces such as waves, currents, and wind. Course dates include: 20 Jan, 27 Jan, 3 Feb, and 10 Feb 2021.

8:00-10:00 UTC | Course begins on 20 Jan 2021 | Register

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DHI are the first people you should call when you have a tough challenge to solve in a water environment – be it a river, a reservoir, an ocean, a coastline, within a city or a factory. Our knowledge of water environments is second-to-none. It represents more than 50 years of dedicated research and real-life experience from more than 140 countries. We strive to make this knowledge globally accessible to clients and partners by channelling it through our local teams and unique software. Our world is water. So whether you need to save water, share it fairly, improve its quality, quantify its impact or manage its flow, we can help. Our knowledge, combined with our team’s expertise and the power of our technology, holds the key to unlocking the right solution.