Cruise Ship Maneuvering and Berthing at Pier 27 Cruise Terminal, San Francisco, CA

The Port of San Francisco (POSF) is planning to improve maneuvering and berthing conditions at Pier 27 Cruise Ship Terminal in San Francisco, CA. Pier 27 has been an operational cruise terminal since May 2006, with 27 cruise ships visiting since that time. Pier 27 is located in an area of strong tidal currents, crossing the berth at an approximately 45-degree angle. Maneuvering and berthing at Pier 27 is more challenging than at other POSF berths, because it extends further seaward than any of the other piers and exposes the vessels to stronger currents during the berthing process. The tidal currents at the site, combined with the relatively narrow existing berth configuration, presently results in arrival/departure times being adjusted to avoid the stronger current conditions. Maneuvering and berthing analyses were performed with the objective of reducing the frequency of these arrival/departure time adjustments. The analysis included evaluation of coastal conditions, ship maneuvering simulations and evaluation of mitigation measures to improve maneuverability and berthing.


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  • Accession Number: 01368559
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 978-0-7844-1190-2
  • Files: TRIS, ASCE
  • Created Date: Sep 30 2011 3:05PM