Hurricane Hugo's Effect on Marina Structures

by Jon Guerry Taylor, Jon Guerry Taylor, P.E., Inc, Mt. Pleasant, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hurricane Hugo One Year Later


The author has visited over twenty-five sites along the South Carolina coast and in Puerto Rico to ascertain the effects of Hurricane Hugo on marina facilities. Types of structures evaluated were floating docks, fixed piers, breakwaters, drystacks, retaining walls and fishing piers. The structures varied in age from 'recently completed' to over twenty-five years old. While the performance of marina structures in the hurricane was very site specific within the storm's path, there are patterns of performance in design, construction and materials that can contribute useful data and guidelines for future projects.

Subject Headings: Hurricanes, typhoons, and cyclones | Piers | Construction materials | Ports and harbors | Water-based recreation | Structural design | Retaining structures | United States | South Carolina | Puerto Rico | Caribbean

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