Hanstholm port fighting North Sea waves

Modelling for a safe and economical port expansion

The Port of Hanstholm in Denmark is a major fishing and commercial port. As a busy port with a finite amount of space, increasing traffic required a concomitant increase in port size. However, the Port sits fully exposed to the large waves of the North Sea – the design significant wave height is close to 8m. In order to proceed with the expansion plans, a cost-effective and safe breakwater design was required. In addition, the port layout also needed to be optimised with respect to wave disturbances inside the port. We brought our expertise to the project by conducting comprehensive numerical and physical modelling to pave the way for a safe and cost-effective port expansion.