A complete specialization that compiles the latest advances and ways of working in Port Layout , with the best teaching quality on the online market" 

This Postgraduate Diploma is configured on the basis of modules of high educational impact that will take you through the most advanced knowledge in Port Layout .

The Maritime Climate and Wave Study module begins with the study of wave and swell theory, including the characterization of waves and their breaking forms. It also includes the determination of the rest of the maritime climate parameters, the methodology for data collection, the maritime climate ROM program and, finally, the study of the physical wave models and the compilation of the most important software available in maritime engineering.

The Maritime Port Layout and Berthing Works module is the first port infrastructure design module of the Postgraduate Diploma. Firstly, it focuses on the maritime layout of the Port including both plan and elevation dimensioning. Sizing is based on the ROM Maritime Works Recommendations.

Due to the globalization of the economy, logistics, which has become the competitive engine for trade and industry, is reducing the time and cost of transportation and evolving in ways that increasingly reduce negative environmental and social impacts.

During the execution of port infrastructure works, knowledge of the different specific work units, construction materials and the appropriate choice of machinery plays a fundamental role.

This is why it is essential to plan the construction properly and always taking into account the different recommendations issued by official bodies such as State Ports and the experience of experts in the field, the module also develops the content of the Guide of Good Practices in the Execution of Maritime Works issued by that institution.

A complete in-depth study of the most current criteria in the different aspects of Port Layout ”

This Postgraduate Diploma in Port Layout contains the most complete and up-to-date educational program on the market. Its most notable features are: 

  • The development of practical cases presented by experts in Port Layout
  • The graphic, schematic, and practical contents with which they are created provide scientific and practical information on the disciplines that are essential for professional development
  • Practical exercises where self-assessment can be used to improve learning
  • Its special emphasis on innovative methodologies in Port Layout
  • Theoretical lessons, questions to the expert, debate forums on controversial topics, and individual reflection assignments
  • Content that is accessible from any fixed or portable device with an Internet connection

A quality program that will allow you not only to follow the specialization, but also to have complementary support and information banks available"

Its teaching staff includes professionals from the field of civil engineering, who bring to this specialization the experience of their work, as well as recognized specialists from leading companies and prestigious universities.

The multimedia content, developed with the latest educational technology, will provide the professional with situated and contextual learning, i.e., a simulated environment that will provide immersive learning programmed to learn in real situations.

This program is designed around Problem-Based Learning, whereby the professional must try to solve the different professional practice situations that arise throughout the Postgraduate Diploma. For this purpose, the professional will be assisted by an innovative interactive video system developed by renowned and experienced experts in Port Layout .  

This program has the best teaching material available online or downloadable, to make it easier for you to manage your study and effort”

A very complete specialization, created with the objective focused on bringing our students to the highest level of competence”


The syllabus of the Postgraduate Diploma is configured as a complete tour through each and every one of the knowledge necessary to understand and assume the ways of working in this field. With an approach focused on practical application that will allow you to grow as a professional from the first moment of the program.

A comprehensive syllabus focused on acquiring knowledge and converting it into real skills, created to propel you to excellence"

Module 1. Maritime Climate and Wave Study  

1.1.  Wave Theory  

1.1.1.   Wave Mechanics  
1.1.2.   Classification of Waves at Sea  
1.1.3.   General Characteristics of a Wave  

1.2.   Waves

1.2.1.   Wave Characterization  
1.2.2.   Forms of Wave Breakage  

1.3.   Effects Produced by Waves  

1.3.1.   Diffraction  
1.3.2.   Refraction  
1.3.3.   Breakage  
1.3.4.   Shoaling  
1.3.5.   Others  

1.4.   Sea Level and Tides  
1.5.   Characterization of the Marine Environment  
1.6.   Data Collection Methodologies   
1.7.   Program Rom Maritime Climate  
1.8.   Physical Wave Models  
1.9.   Marine Engineering Software 

Module 2. Maritime Port Layout and Berthing Works  

2.1.   Maritime Port Layout: Elevation Requirements  

2.1.1.   Project Criteria   
2.1.2.   Ship  
2.1.3.   Water Level  
2.1.4.   Bottom  

2.2.   Maritime Port Layout: Elevation Requirements  

2.2.1.   Navigation Areas  
2.2.2.   Harbour Mouth  
2.2.3.   Maneuver  
2.2.4.   Docks and Maneuvers  
2.2.5.   Operation  

2.3.   In-plant Port Dimensioning   

2.3.1.   General Considerations for Location, Orientation and Alignments  
2.3.2.   Determination of the Number of Berths  
2.3.3.   Length of Berthing Line  
2.3.4.   Dimensioning of Heels and Ramps  
2.3.5.   Determination of Width  

2.4.   Port Dimensioning in Elevation  

2.4.1.   Dock Superstructure Crest Elevation  
2.4.2.   Mooring Berthing Ditch  
2.4.3.   Longitudinal Profile of Heels and Ramps  
2.4.4.   Operating Area Slopes  

2.5.   General and Classification of Berthing Works  

2.5.1.   General Aspects on Berthing Works  
2.5.2.   General and Functional Classification  

2.6.   Mooring and Berthing Works: Structural Typology  

2.6.1.   Classification According to Structural Typology  

2.7.   Main Elements of the Berthing Works  
2.8.   Classification of Berthing and Mooring Works according to the Structural Typology of their Parts  

2.9.   Berthing Works: Parameters for the Choice of Structural Typology  

2.9.1.   Berthing Works: Geotechnical and Seismic Parameters  
2.9.2.   Berthing Works: Morphological, Climatic and Environmental Parameters  
2.9.3.   Berthing Works: Construction and Material Parameters, Use and Operation, and Maintenance and Conservation  
2.10.   Examples of Berthing Works and Characteristics 

Module 3. Design of Shelter Works  

3.1.   Slope Dikes: General and Environmental Actions for Design

3.1.1.   General aspects  
3.1.2.   Marine Climate  
3.1.3.   Sea Level  
3.1.4.   Wave Surges in Slope Dikes  

3.2.  Design of Slope Dikes  

3.2.1.   Sections Type  
3.2.2.   Analysis of Alternatives  

3.3.   Dimensioning of Slope Dikes  

3.3.1.   Materials  
3.3.2.   Failure Mechanism  
3.3.3.   Main Elements of the Slope Dike  
3.3.4.   Superstructure  

3.4.   Considerations for Slope Dike Construction  

3.5.   Slope Dike Scale Models and Examples  

3.5.1.   Considerations for Slope Dike Construction  
3.5.2.   Examples of Slope Dikes  

3.6.   Vertical Dikes: General Aspects and Main Elements  

3.6.1.   General Aspects  
3.6.2.   Foundations for Vertical Dikes  
3.6.3.   Substructure of Vertical Dikes  
3.6.4.   Superstructure of Vertical Dikes  

3.7.   Classification of Vertical Dikes  

3.7.1.   Classification According to Type of Foundations  
3.7.2.   Classification According to Type of Caisson  
3.7.3.   Classification According to Energy Dissipation  
3.7.4.   Classification According to the Type of Ramparts  
3.7.5.   Mixed Type Vertical Dikes  
3.7.6.  Vertical Dikes of Cylindrical Geometry  

3.8.   Structural Stability and Wave-Structure Interaction in Vertical Dikes  

3.8.1.  Wave Actions  
3.8.2.   Reflection  
3.8.3.   Transmission  
3.8.4.   Rebase  
3.8.5.   Stability and Bearing Capacity of Foundations  

3.9.   Considerations for Slope Dike Construction  

3.10.   Examples of Vertical Dikes  

3.10.1.   Examples of Vertical Dikes 

Module 4. Port Management, Operation and Maintenance   

4.1.   General Aspects and Organization of the Ports  

4.1.1.   Logistics  
4.1.2.   Sea Port  
4.1.3.   Unctad Classification  
4.1.4.   Functions  
4.1.5.   Port Community  

4.2.   Port Authority  
4.3.   Port Terminals  

4.4.   Port Services  

4.4.1.   Commercial Port Customers  
4.4.2.   Agents Providing Services  
4.4.3.   Port Services  
4.4.4.   Classification of Port Services  
4.4.5.   Port Services Management  

4.5.   Port Fees  

4.6.   Port Operation  

4.6.1.   Port Operation: General Aspects  
4.6.2.   Port Operation: Types  

4.7.   Instrumentation, Monitoring and Inspection for Port Infrastructure Maintenance  

4.7.1.   Instruments  
4.7.2.   Monitoring  
4.7.3.   Inspection  

4.8.   Breakdowns and Auscultation of Port Infrastructures  
4.9.   Reparation and Conservation of Port Infrastructures 

Module 5. Construction of Port Infrastructures  

5.1.   Execution of Dredging  

5.2.   Fills and Riprap Dikes  

5.2.1.   Filling  
5.2.2.   Riprap Dikes  

5.3.   Construction of Dikes and Caisson Docks  

5.3.1.  Floating Caisson  
5.3.2.   Concrete Caisson  
5.3.3.   Caisson Dikes  
5.3.4.   Caisson Docks  

5.4.   Execution of Piloted Maritime Works  

5.5.   Execution of Screens and Piloted Offshore Works  

5.5.1.   Concrete Screens  
5.5.2.   Sheet Piles  
5.5.3.   Piles  

5.6.   Subsea Outfalls and Underwater Works  

5.6.1.   Pipelines  
5.6.2.   Submarine Outfalls  
5.6.3.   Underwater Works  

5.7.   Materials for the Execution of Maritime Works  
5.8.   Machinery for the Execution of Maritime Works  
5.9.   Maritime Works Planning   

A unique, key and decisive training experience to boost your professional development”