Breakwaters & defences

Breakwaters, moles and jetties often form the basis of port and coastal development schemes, and Artelia excels in the design of such structures. Since inventing the Tetrapod armouring blocks in the early 1950s, Artelia has revolutionised coastal defence techniques by introducing a much more economical single-layer armouring technique, the ACCROPODE™ block, in the early 1980s, followed in the late 1990s by the ECOPODE™ block, which blends in with the site environment and, most recently, the new-generation ACCROPODE™ II. These developments are the outcome of ongoing R&D work, capitalising on lessons learned from actual project sites and scale model experiments at Artelia’s hydraulics laboratory. Artelia proposes an array of safe, economical solutions to protect the most highly exposed maritime structures through its subsidiary CLI (Concrete Layer Innovations:

Tanger-MED port complex

3 ports (Tanger Med, Tanger Ro Ro, Tanger Med II)
Client : TMSA and joint venture (Bouygues-Saïpem-Besix-Somagec-Bymaro)
Country : Morocco

Date : 2001 - 2008

Services :
  • Design services
  • Assistance to the Owner

Ras Laffan - Extension port

Protection works
Client : Jan de Nul / Boskalis joint venture
Country : Qatar

Date : 2006 - 2008

Services :
  • Finalisation of project criteria and conditions
  • Modeling of wave propagation
  • 2D and 3D physical models
  • Final design
  • Assistance to the joint venture

Le Havre - Port 2000

Protective breakwaters and access dredging
Client : DPAM 2000 consortium (Vinci, DEME)
Country : France

Date : 2002 - 2005

Services :
  • Design services for the consortium

Dung Qat oil terminal

Main breakwater
Client : Lung-Lo contractors
Country : Vietnam

Date : 2001 - 2004

Services :
  • Study of wave conditions
  • Checking of geotechnical stability
  • Wave-tank study of the stability of the breakwater root
  • Wave-tank study of the stability of the breakwater terminal section and roundhead
  • Preliminary design
  • Detailed design
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