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Harry Palmer to lead ABL’s Civil Engineering for the UK

Ports and harbours specialist Harry Palmer has been appointed as the new Head of Civil Engineering for ABL in the UK. In his new role, Harry will consolidate and drive regional growth of ABL’s technical offering in civil engineering and consultancy, to support ports, harbours, terminals and shipyards across their full operational lifecycle.

ABL’s expert civil engineering team combines a wide range of experience in port engineering consultancy from around the world. It provides a comprehensive package of services covering marine surveying, engineering and design, and consultancy to support port development and operations from development and construction, to operations, to loss-management post casualty.

Consultancy services cover, but are not limited to: terminal development, port infrastructure due diligence, feasibility studies, cost engineering, project management, client representation, structural asset appraisal and condition surveys,  fixed and floating object damage (FFO), and expert witness and litigation support in FFO incidents.

ABL’s ports and harbours team are also leading consultants in the provision of a wide range of energy transition and decarbonisation solutions, for which maritime civil engineering provides critical support. ABL’s offering includes environmental planning and renewable energy integration, climate change risk assessment and adaptation for ports and harbour infrastructure, and ports and harbour infrastructure feasibility for renewable energy projects, predominantly offshore wind.

“This is a really exciting time for ABL’s ports and harbours team, and the civil engineering discipline within it. Through our Salvage Association legacy, we have an established reputation and track-record in providing the most rapid and pragmatic support to FFO anywhere in the world. Now with ABL’s leading role in maritime decarbonisation solutions, we are also able to offer our considerable power in maritime civil engineering to help ports in reaching their climate goals whilst shoring up their long-term sustainability. I’m looking forward to taking the team further in coming years.”

Harry Palmer, Head of Civil Engineering, ABL UK
David Faulkner

“Harry’s new position is confirmation of our commitment to providing the very best support to ports and harbours, to help them meet the challenges they face today and navigate the changes of tomorrow. Ports are critical infrastructure for all sectors, not just maritime. We therefore, understand the importance of continually evolving our technical offering to help ensure their resilience and of the sector.”

David Faulkner, Director ABL Ports and Harbours

ABL’s civil engineering team includes consultants across all key regions – Americas, Europe & West Africa, Middle East North & South Africa and India, and Asia Pacific.

The technical offering is further bolstered by civil engineering support from ABL’s sister company and independent engineering, design and analysis branch, Longitude. They specialise in civil engineering services at pre-FEED and FEED stages of port, jetty and quayside construction.

ABL is part of the Oslo-listed ABL Group ASA.

Discover ABL’s global technical offering to support ports and harbours from concept, engineering, operations and in loss management: