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.
David Taylor Naval Ship R&D CenterBethesda, MD USA 20084
- Moody, C G
- Publication Date: 1964
- Pagination: n.p.
- TRT Terms: Canals; Channels (Waterways); Design; Maneuvering; Ship pilotage; Structural design; Wind
- Identifier Terms: Panama Canal
- Old TRIS Terms: Channel design; Course stability; Model testing; Narrow channel navigation; Restricted water operation; Wind factors
- Subject Areas: Design; Marine Transportation; Vehicles and Equipment;
- 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