Military Techniques for Expedient Repair of Earthquake Damaged Harbor Infrastructure

by Lyndell Z. Hales, US Army Engineer Waterways, Experiment Station, Vicksburg, United States,
Ivan L. Sheall, US Army Engineer Waterways, Experiment Station, Vicksburg, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Engineering Practice


Logistical support of military forces in the theater of operations during conventional warfare by shipment of large volumes of containerized cargo requires sustained use of strategic port and harbor facilities. While it is necessary that such containership port facilities always be capable of optimum use, it is highly probable they will be potential targets for destruction by hostile forces. It is critically important that repairs be made as quickly as possible after such an attack. Due to disruption of supplies, conventional repair materials and equipment will not be readily available. Recent changes in marine shipping and military doctrine require the development of improved and standardized remedies for war-damaged ports by U.S. Army Port Construction Companies (PCC), who are responsible for restoring damaged or destroyed ports to operation.

Subject Headings: Ports and harbors | Container shipping | Harbor facilities | Damage (structural) | Public buildings | Freight terminals | Construction companies | Construction management

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