Port & Marine

With over 40 years’ experience, RPS’ dedicated maritime team has gained a reputation for providing innovative and cost effective solutions for maritime developments, encompassing the ports, harbours and offshore energy sectors.

We plan, design, develop and manage projects for public and private sectors and deliver strategic and sustainable policies and projects.

Our engineers work closely with port authorities, local government and private clients on a range of port and harbour related developments, delivering bespoke, cost effective, multi-modal facilities.

In recent years we have provided engineering design and support services to a range of clients in the wave and tidal energy sectors, establishing a proven track record in the design and deployment of foundations and devices.

Key Contacts

Mark McConnell

Mark McConnell   |   Director, Maritime   |   Send Email

As Director of the RPS maritime team Mark has significant experience in the project management of large multi-disciplinary marine engineering projects exceeding £200m. Mark has experience undertaking the overall project management role for marine engineering projects which has included the co-ordination of EIA, planning and other specific technical specialists from project inception to completion. His thorough understanding of the interactions between engineering, planning and environmental aspects of a project brings significant value to the management of large infrastructure schemes.

Michael Shaw

Michael Shaw   |   Managing Director   |   Send Email

Dr Michael Shaw is the Managing Director of RPS’ Belfast office and has had some 30+ years’ experience in Ports and Harbours engineering. His experience encompasses harbour design, coastal defence structures, berthing facilities, cargo handling, infrastructure, aquaculture, marina development and offshore renewable energy projects. Michael has led and project managed Planning/EIA, design and contract administration teams nationally and internationally for many hundreds of port and maritime projects.

Derek Russell

Derek Russell   |   Technical Director, Maritime   |   Send Email

Dr Derek Russell is an accomplished engineer with over 15 years’ experience. He joined RPS after completing his PhD with the structural Materials Research Group at Queen’s University Belfast, specialising in Concrete Durability. Derek has a broad range of structural and marine engineering experience and has project managed the design and delivery of schemes ranging in scale and diversity, from Acute Hospitals to foundations for tidal energy devices.