The Authors discuss the capabilities and development trends of open-sea berths. Flexible transfer lines can allow liquid bulk cargoes to be transferred despite relatively large ship-motions, and this has enabled open-sea berth terminals to replace conventional harbours in many places. The thorough understanding of the dynamics of moored ships subjected to waves, winds, and currents, together with the use of flexible dolphins, flexible fenders, asymmetric constant-tension winches, and nylon tails, should permit open-sea berth terminals to be designed for relatively exposed areas. An integrated system of sensors to continuously monitor all the critical elements, including ship motion and the mooring and fenders forces, would enhance the operational procedures while ensuring safe operation; a berth code could then be established for ensuring maximum efficiency of the terminal on the basis of the measurement of these critical elements.

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    Pergamon Press, Incorporated

    Maxwell House, Fairview Park
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  • Authors:
    • Le Mehaute, B
    • Chiu, H
  • Publication Date: 1980

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  • Accession Number: 00323265
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Ship Research Association
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 18 1981 12:00AM