THE HANDLING OF SHIPS THROUGH A WIDENED AND ASYMMETRICALLY DEEPENED SECTION OF GAILLARD CUT IN THE PANAMA CANAL

The results of a series of model tests on the handling of deeply laden ships in a widened and asymmetrically deepened section of Gaillard Cut in the Panama Canal are presented. These data show that widening and deepening the channel greatly reduce the interaction forces over the greater part of the channel width, and that this effect is accompanied in the case of very large ship by a marked improvement in directional stability. It is concluded from this investigation that the asymmetrical shape of the channel and the abrupt change in depth between the old cut on one side and the new cut on the other do not have any untoward effect on the performance of the ships.

  • Corporate Authors:

    David Taylor Naval Ship R&D Center

    Bethesda, MD  USA  20084
  • Authors:
    • Moody, C G
  • Publication Date: 1964

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  • Pagination: n.p.

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  • Accession Number: 00323652
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Report 1705
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 12 1981 12:00AM