Economics of Channels and Maneuvering Areas for Ships

by Richard G. Waugh, Jr., (M.ASCE), Civ. Engr.; Board of Engrs. for Rivers and Harbors, U.S. Army, Washington, DC,

Serial Information: Journal of the Waterways, Harbors and Coastal Engineering Division, 1971, Vol. 97, Issue 4, Pg. 671-686

Document Type: Journal Paper


One of seven reports of the Task Committee on Ship Channels, the Progress Report on Economics of Channels and Maneuvering Areas for Ships presents methodologies for estimating benefits for proposed channel improvements. Transportation cost analyses are given for vessel operation and savings due to waterway improvements. Some project benefit problems are susceptible to evaluation of tangible benefits, while solution of others depends on value judgements and discussion of intangibles, such as vessel safety and environmental considerations.

Subject Headings: Economic factors | Ships | Transportation studies | Water conservation | Waterways | Value engineering | Safety | Environmental issues

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