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Overview of the inspection, assessment, maintenance and repair of Middle East marine facilities

Event organised by ICE

25 January 2024

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Expert inspection and assessment of marine facilities coupled with effective maintenance and repairs may facilitate a service life extension of assets or justify a change in operations/use and ultimately reduce the need to develop new facilities in greenfield areas. As such, effective maintenance and repair have the potential for significant project cost savings as well as major environmental and sustainability benefits compared to otherwise greenfield developments.

Various inspection types, equipment and testing can be used in order to understand a structures’ condition, obtain information to supplement gaps or limitations in as-built information and to facilitate assessment of a structure’s integrity. However, selection of an appropriate inspection type and scope (incl. equipment, testing etc…) requires careful account for the overarching purpose of the inspection (e.g. condition monitoring, integrity assessment, input to potential repair etc…), type of structure, exposure environment, expected deteriorations and the available as-built/site information as well as various other aspects.

Assessment of the integrity of marine structures typically requires specialist processing and interpretation of information obtained by the inspection in order to develop an appropriate assessment basis and approach (including forecast future deterioration where appropriate) as well as to minimise a need for conservative assumptions.

Depending on the outcome of an integrity assessment, a variety of different options may exist for the maintenance and/or repair of marine facilities. Selecting an option to proceed with requires careful consideration for existing operations, budget and schedule as well as numerous other aspects.

With respect to the above and focusing on the Middle East, this seminar aims to provide an overview of the following:

  • Types of structures and materials typically encountered in marine facilities.
  • Typical deteriorative processes that impact structures in the marine environment.
  • Typical inspection types and scope.
  • Typical inspection methodologies, practices and equipment.
  • Assessment approach and considerations.
  • Common maintenance considerations.
  • Common repair considerations.

This hybrid event is organised by ICE UAE with the support of local sponsors: Aecom, Atkins Réalis, CARES, Maccaferri, and Ramboll.

Microsoft Teams instructions will be sent on the day of the event to those who register to attend online.

Venue details (room number) will be sent on the day of the event to those who register to attend in-person.

If you are unable to attend in person, please register to join the event online and allow another ICE member to take your spot. Kindly arrive 5-10 minutes before the event begins and bring your Emirates ID to get the access card from the university reception.

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Thank you for your cooperation.

Start time is 7pm GST (3pm GMT).




AECOM is the world’s trusted infrastructure consulting firm, partnering with clients to solve the world’s most complex challenges.



AtkinsRéalis is a world-leading professional services and project management company dedicated to engineering a better future for our planet and its people.



CARES is the leading independent international certification body for reinforcing steel products.



Founded in 1879, Officine Maccaferri is known as the global leader in the manufacture and supply of gabions and related steel wire mesh products, Maccaferri is also a leader in construction geosynthetics.



Ramboll is a global engineering, architecture and consultancy company founded in Denmark in 1945 with over 16,000 experts that create sustainable solutions.


Maurice Kerr

Maurice Kerr

WSP Middle East


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Maurice Kerr

Maurice is a Chartered Civil Engineer (ICE) with over 13 years’ experience working on port and maritime engineering projects internationally. As a specific area of expertise, he has led the inspection and assessment of a wide variety of marine facilities (including waterfront structures, ports and terminals) in Europe, Africa and the Middle East as well as advising clients on maintenance, repair and procurement strategies.

He is also a member of PIANC Working Group 233 which is in the process of developing a guidance document on the Inspection, Maintenance and Repair of Waterfront Facilities. Working for WSP Middle East and based in the United Arab Emirates, he is currently seconded to a port developer and involved in the inspection and assessment of port assets internationally as well as the development of both greenfield and brownfield waterfront facilities.

For more information please contact:

Valentina Cazan

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