An offshore industrial-port island is proposed for the continental shelf in waters of 40-50 ft. (12-15 M) depth. Deep draft ship access is a necessity, so the location must be within dredging distance of deep water, probably located near a submarine canyon. A large adjacent amount of sand borrow for fill must be located on the ocean bottom. Fill will comprise the major bulk of the island, necessitating relatively shallow water over the site. Some of the industrial process components may be constructed off site to be towed and moored permanently in a basin within the island. Expensive perimeter protection, including breakwaters, favors an island of large area, since protection costs per acre decrease with increasing size. Construction will be incremental. Part of the future additions will be provided by island waste, onshore solid wastes, and onshore generated dredging disposals. A study of the feasibility of constructing multi-purpose offshore industrial-port islands is underway. The National Science Foundation--Research Applied to National Needs (RANN) Program has funded a research project which will be completed by mid 1975. The partners in the study are the College of Marine Studies University of Delaware, Texas A&M University, Gilbert Associates, and Frederick R. Harris, Incorporated.

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  • Authors:
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  • Publication Date: 1974-9

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  • Accession Number: 00071897
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Marine Technology Society
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Proceeding
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  • Created Date: Nov 12 1974 12:00AM