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Ports are busy, dynamic transportation hubs that are constantly adapting to meet the demands of global trade. We depend on ports to increase international trade, strengthen local and national economies, provide higher paying jobs, and increase our standards of living.

Transportation, including ports, maritime and intermodal assets, has always been a key cornerstone of our work. WSP USA, formerly WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, has engineered hundreds of maritime projects, including some of the largest ongoing port master planning, modernization and development programs in the world.

We provide a broad range of services to clients in the ports and intermodal market to respond to issues that port authorities, terminal operators, railroads, and other public and private clients face on a daily basis, through the performance of:

  • Trade forecasting

  • Feasibility studies

  • Due diligence, strategic and master planning

  • Terminal and facility planning

  • Maritime and intermodal facility design & engineering

  • Project and program management

  • Dredging and dredged material management

  • Coastal and waterway engineering

  • Construction management

  • Security assessment and enhancement services

Our team includes a range of professionals with expertise in areas such as coastal engineering; piers, jetties and seawalls; container, auto, bulk and general cargo terminals; hydrology, hydraulic and sedimentation analyses; wind/wave analyses; breakwaters; vessel navigation; and terminal operations. Applying our specialized expertise, we are ready to help clients to plan, design and manage the construction of ports and maritime projects.

Global Presence

Around the world, WSP delivers innovative, value-engineered outcomes that have benefited from decades of experience, and a thorough understanding of the challenges and risks that confront this multifaceted sector. Learn more

Market Leader: Blair Garcia


Blair Garcia directs WSP USA’s Maritime Technical Excellence Center and is deputy director for WSP global maritime coordination. He coordinates maritime market activities across all business units in the U.S.

Blair is experienced in multimodal freight and passenger planning, and has led and participated in a diverse number of projects involving the planning of commercial and industrial facilities and corridors, land development, market analysis, cost modeling, financial analysis, capacity analysis and transportation planning. His experience includes projects at ports and intermodal terminals in the U.S. and internationally.

In addition to his marine and rail facility planning experience, Blair has been intimately involved in developing, evaluating and assessing new concepts and technologies (infrastructure, equipment and information technology) related to freight and passenger transport. This work includes the development of port agility and information technology improvements in marine terminals for commercial and military use.

Blair has a B.S. in civil engineering from Clemson University.