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Jim Van Ness


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Jim has 36 years of engineering experience in multi-disciplinary civil and maritime infrastructure developments. As principal, he is responsible for leading and implementing our Ports & Marine Terminals’ strategic plan, building and nurturing client relationships while working closely with local and regional leaders.

As former the director of engineering at the South Carolina Ports Authority, engineering manager at Abu Dhabi Ports Company and over 20 years as a consultant, Jim brings the unique perspective of owner and designer to each project. He’s worked in the United States Atlantic and Gulf Coasts, the Great Lakes, the Bahamas, and the Middle East, and designed port terminals, breakwaters, quays, wharfs, jetties, reclamation and ground improvements, block walls, crane railways, tie-down anchorage systems, and drainage control structures.

When not at work, Jim enjoys traveling, offshore sportfishing and saltwater fly-fishing with his wife, Anni.

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