Lessons Learned to Improve the Resiliency of Floating Structures

In 2012, a high-pressure weather system sweeping down from the North Atlantic prevented Hurricane Sandy from moving out to sea. As a result, Sandy made a dramatic left hand turn that set it on a perpendicular collision course with the New Jersey coastline. The trajectory of this storm system pushed a wall of water out in front of its head-on track. Combined with an astronomically enhanced tide, the storm produced record high storm surges. Post-event inspections were performed at three (3) U.S. Coast Guard facilities in the greater New York City area within 48 hours after the storm made landfall. It was clear that the vast majority of the damage was to the floating structures. Only one (1) of the 11 floating dock structures inspected survived the storm. However, all of the fixed waterfront infrastructure sustained very little damage, and most were fully functional immediately after the storm. Through recorded storm data and findings obtained from the post-storm inspections, there are several lessons to be learned that can improve resiliency of floating structures and reduce down-time following future storm events, often at minimal upfront cost.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Pagination: pp 415-422
  • Monograph Title: Ports 2016: Port Planning and Development

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  • Accession Number: 01605553
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780784479919
  • Files: TRIS, ASCE
  • Created Date: Jun 7 2016 3:03PM