The purpose of this paper is to present the trend and a predictable evolution in ship mooring and harbor engineering and to recommend the development of an integrated system of marine sensors for open sea berth terminals. The evolution toward the open sea berth type terminal is the result of a number of factors, which all may not have been fully mastered in the past but are now within the grasp of existing technology. These are: 1) a better knowledge of the sea environments (wind, wave, current statistics); 2) a systematic use of flexible dolphins, flexible fenders, nylon tails, constant tension winches (on board or fixed on berth), and flexible loading arms (Chicksan); and 3) an understanding of moored ship dynamics by use of mathematical model and/or scale model. Based on these, it would then appear that the cost of breakwater cannot be justified in many cases. The development of operational port code based on real-time operational sensors of all the critical elements will further enhance the safety of operations at berth.

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    • Proceedings of the International Workshop on Ocean Instrum, NAS, Washington, DC, May 1-3, 1978.
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    Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

    3 Park Avenue, 17th Floor
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  • Authors:
    • Le Mehaute, B
  • Publication Date: 1978-10

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 186-191
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  • Accession Number: 00197039
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 15 1979 12:00AM