Port Layout Optimization for Large Bulk Carriers in a Strong Tidal Currents Site

by Odair José de Souza, Cent Tecnologico de Hidraulica, Sao Paulo, Brazil,
Paolo Alfredini, Cent Tecnologico de Hidraulica, Sao Paulo, Brazil,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '91


To provide the sheltering conditions of Ponta da Madeira Terminal (TPM) in Sao Marcos Bay, in Sao Luis, Brasil, two rubble mound groins were designed and constructed according to hydraulic model studies. The sheltering area receives large bulk carriers (up to 375000 DWT) and the adopted layout solution was due to the strong tidal currents in the site. The modifications that were necessary to introduce in the original groins design to improve the mooring conditions and the dredging maintenance of the bottom depths were studied with the hydraulic model and have been verified in nature.

Subject Headings: Tides | Hydraulic design | Ports and harbors | Freight transportation | Groins (structure) | Sediment transport | Hydraulic models | Bays

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