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25 - 27 April 2023

ICE Coasts, Marine Structures and Breakwaters

Join us at ICE Breakwaters 2023 – the pre-eminent international conference for the global marine and coastal engineering community.


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We have launched our full programme, containing all the speakers and sessions over our 3-day conference. You won't want to miss it.


Breakwaters 2023

The next ICE Coasts, Marine Structures and Breakwaters will take place 25-27 April 2023 at the Marriott Hotel in Portsmouth, UK.

Since 1982, Breakwaters authors, speakers and delegates have shaped the marine engineering sector, unveiling innovative technologies, assessing techniques, making formal recommendations, demonstrating best practice, and providing in-depth technical analyses. Conference outcomes have translated into guidance documents and manuals defining industry standard practice for 40 years.

Organisations represented in recent years include Boskalis Westminster, VolkerStevin, Balfour Beatty, BAM Nuttall, Costain, HR Wallingford, Arup, Atkins, Mott MacDonald, Jacobs, Arcadis, Environment Agency, and Local Government.

The 2023 edition will cover the latest developments across maritime engineering topics from coasts to ports and waterfronts to breakwaters while focusing on the full spectrum of research and study, design, construction, and operations.

Given the heightened attention on the ‘climate emergency’, Breakwaters 2023 will place a big focus on how resilience and adaptability are being addressed by the maritime sector.

The two previous conferences both attracted over 400 delegates from more than 40 nations and showcased over 100 papers, while also including ‘Spotlight on Innovation’ presentations.

Take time out from our conference to increase your learning.
Take time out from our conference to increase your learning.

What makes us unique

Exploring about marine structures and the coastline.
Exploring about marine structures and the coastline.
  • ICE’s rigorous peer-review process features only the most valuable and relevant information, both strategic and technical
  • Targeting only the most forward-thinking industry papers, selected, reviewed and refined by a highly experienced organising committee
  • Bringing together industry representatives from across the world with the highest degree of participation from clients, contractors and consultants, plus leading academics and relevant government and public sector organisations
  • Shaping the marine engineering sector, with innovative technologies and new methodologies
  • Laser focus on climate change mitigation and adaptation, from research to design and construction, sustainable solutions, and the critical role of engineers to meeting tough environmental targets
  • Exploring marine renewables, bringing together developers and engineers who must design, construct and maintain key infrastructure.

Key highlights

Include our dinner on HMS Warrior with your booking.
Include our dinner on HMS Warrior with your booking.
  • An amazing venue in Portsmouth, a city with a rich naval history, within easy reach of London for international visitors
  • Innovation spotlight talks and a lively poster area showcasing innovative schemes and projects from start-ups, students and SMEs
  • A vibrant exhibition and networking space featuring key suppliers in the marine engineering sector
  • Critical learnings from multiple international case studies and project deep-dives
  • Interactive practical workshop session (optional)
  • Local site visit (optional)
Skyline of Havana during a hurricane with big waves crashing against the seaside wall


2023 topics

Covering more than 14 topics across the whole marine industry, including:

  • climate change adaptation and mitigation, sustainability, and decarbonisation
  • construction in ports
  • working in marine environments
  • challenges of coastal engineering
Fishing boats floating inside the breakwater at Galnam Port near Samcheok-si, Korea


2023 topics

  • coastal development
  • breakwater armour
  • ecological aspects of design
  • developments in overtopping
  • storm and wave impact on structures
Emergency flood defences put in place to protect homes near to the River Severn


2023 topics

  • learning from historical structures and breakwaters
  • modular design and construction
  • flood risk management
  • numerical modelling methods
  • standards and Eurocodes