Development of Shallow Draft Harbor Design Criteria

by W. Jeff Lillycrop, US Army Engineer Waterways, Experiment Station, Vicksburg, United States,
Monica A. Ippolito, US Army Engineer Waterways, Experiment Station, Vicksburg, United States,
R. Ray Bottin, Jr., US Army Engineer Waterways, Experiment Station, Vicksburg, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '91

Abstract: One of many U.S. Army Corps of Engineer (USACE) missions is the construction and maintenance of shallow-draft coastal ports and harbors. Current practices for shallow-draft harbor design incorporate research conducted for deep-draft vessels and rules of thumb developed over the past 50 years. However, shallow-draft vessel characteristics differ considerably from the larger deep-draft vessels,and thus current design criteria do not always represent adequate or complete designs. The USACE has initiated an effort to update the existing design criteria for shallow-draft harbors. The current program, which is being conducted at the U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station, is linking state-of-the-art research in coastal processes and structures with small boat motion characteristics. When completed in 1996, the program will produce an engineering design manual for shallow-draft coastal ports.

Subject Headings: Ports and harbors | Federal government | Shallow water | Coastal environment | Coastal processes | Construction management | Maintenance | Shallow foundations

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