Use of Portable Simulator in Designing Channel Improvements for Port of Brownsville, Texas

by Dennis Wayne Webb, Army Engineer Waterways Experiment, Station, Vicksburg, United States,
Larry Leon Daggett, Army Engineer Waterways Experiment, Station, Vicksburg, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Engineering Practice


The Port of Brownsville, located at the southernmost tip of Texas, serves as an import/export port for both southern Texas and northern Mexico. The proposed channel improvement project called for deepening the channel from 36 ft to 42 ft, widening the channel from its 200-ft width, and improving the turn from the entrance channel. The U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station (WEs) conducted a real-time ship simulation study of the project area to determine the optimum channel width, to design a safe turn from the entrance channel, and to design a turning basin. Because there are only two pilots for the Brownsville Ship Channel, testing was conducted in Brownsville using the WES protable ship simulator.

Subject Headings: Hydraulic design | Ports and harbors | Light rail transit | Developing countries | Waterways | Safety | Basins | Navigation (waterway) | Texas | United States | Mexico

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