H aving specialised in maritime works since the firm’s establishment in 1919, breakwaters and coastal protection works have constituted a large proportion of the workload. This has included a number of new breakwaters.

Coastal protection works have taken a variety of forms, depending on water depth of approach, wave regime, availability and quality of local rock. Most commonly adopted has been the rip-rap rock slope, but gabions, precast concrete armour units and in-situ sea walls have also been deployed.

In addition, we have annual commissions from a number of Port Authorities to carry out surveys and diving inspections on breakwaters and coastal structures. The repair and maintenance work which ensues gives invaluable knowledge and experience which is usefully deployed in the planning and design of new works.

Our services include:

  • Port planning and marine civil engineering feasibility and design
  • Procurement of wave and current studies and hydrographic surveys
  • Ship repair and maintenance, launchways, Syncrolifts and drydocks
  • Shipbuilding yards and MOD facilities
  • Slipway design
  • Dredging schemes and preparation of dredging contracts
  • Container berths and cargo handling
  • Offshore service bases, drilling fluids and bunker facilities
  • Tanker berths and discharge facilities
  • Roro berths, access ramps and passenger access bridges
  • Fishing harbours


We have offices in:

Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow, Inverness, Lerwick, Falkland Islands, Southampton, Stromness and Thurso.