Designing a Harbor Entrance to Defeat Swell Wave Agitation

A pair of islands are currently being constructed just offshore of Panama City, Panama to create developable land close to the city core. The man-made islands are situated south of Punta Pacifica in front of Panama City. A multidisciplinary design team led by coastal engineers was tasked with designing the recreational harbor, to be situated between the islands. The harbor design had to overcome challenging swell wave conditions to achieve satisfactory tranquility in the berths, provide safe navigation though the entrance for vessels up to 90 meters (300 feet) in length, maintain water quality circulation, minimize siltation, and offer aesthetic and recreational amenities.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Pagination: pp 1753-1763
  • Monograph Title: Ports 2013: Success through Diversification

Subject/Index Terms

  • TRT Terms: Design; Harbors; Islands
  • Geographic Terms: Panama
  • Subject Areas: Design; Marine Transportation; Terminals and Facilities; I20: Design and Planning of Transport Infrastructure;

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01521986
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780784413067
  • Files: TRIS, ASCE
  • Created Date: Mar 24 2014 3:04PM