Japan Studies Floating Airport (Available only in Structural Engineering Special Issue)

by Michael Fitzpatrick, London, UK,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1997, Vol. 67, Issue 4, Pg. 14A-16A

Document Type: Feature article


Floating airport structures are being studied in Japan. Because of a severe shortage of land, the Japanese and U.S. governments are considering floating structures for civilian and military airports and heliports. The Japanese reportedly are studying the development of floating towns, energy plants and disposal facilities. There are many kinks to work out�such as the type of flexible moorings to be used, the issue of corrosion and environmental concerns. But the floating structures are considered safe alternatives to natural disasters like earthquakes. Japan needs another airport in the Tokyo region and has earmarked $2.6 billion to airport development in the next four years. The U.S. military is considering a floating structure as part of a Mobile Offshore Base (MOB).

Subject Headings: Airports and airfields | Structural safety | Urban and regional development | United States armed forces | Structural engineering | Power plants | Offshore structures | Japan | Asia

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