With increased emphasis on protecting the environment, it becomes paramount to determine the cause of any accident involving waterborne vessels containing pollutant cargo. Once the cause is determined, steps may be taken to correct the problem areas. Once the offender is identified appropriate clean-up fees and fines may be levied to entice more careful implementation of sound navigational techniques. This paper describes the ex post facto use of a computerized ship maneuvering model in re-creating and analyzing collision and grounding casualties. The computer model utilizes the vessel characteristics plus a spatially variable current and constant wind to calculate the vessel's trajectory. A topographical water depth array also is inputted for shallow water effects and the grounding condition. A comparison of "partial" and "complete" simulations are discussed with regard to controlling this type of computer model. An actual grounding incident is used to illustrate the entire casualty re-creation concept and the potential of this tool in analyzing vessel maneuvering casualties.

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    Marine Technology Society

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  • Authors:
    • Gynther, J W
    • Sheets, H E
  • Publication Date: 1974-9

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  • Accession Number: 00071902
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Marine Technology Society
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 12 1974 12:00AM