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Title: Norfolk Harbor improvement study, Virginia : Norfolk Harbor deepening and widening ship simulation results
Authors: Martin, S. Keith.
Webb, Dennis W.
Keywords: Channels (Hydraulic engineering)
Inland navigation
Norfolk (Va.)
Ships--Computer simulation
Publisher: Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Technical Report (Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)) ; no. ERDC/CHL TR-19-17
Abstract: In 2018, the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC), Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory, participated in a navigation study to assist the Virginia Port Authority evaluation of a proposed channel widening alternative for the Port of Norfolk, Virginia. The proposal will allow large coal colliers and containerships to load to a deeper draft. The proposals also included deepening portions of Norfolk Harbor and providing additional widening in one section for two-way traffic. The simulations were conducted at the Maritime Institute of Technical and Graduate Studies (MITAGS) facility in Linthicum, MD. Moffatt & Nichol directed the simulation and modeling efforts, with assistance from Webb Simulation Consulting. The U.S. Army Engineer District, Norfolk, and ERDC provided oversight to ensure that all U.S. Army Corps of Engineers simulator study requirements were met. The MITAGS simulator includes a variety of environmental forces act upon the ship during the simulation transit. These include currents, wind, waves, bathymetry, and ship-to-ship interaction. Online simulations of the project were conducted at MITAGS. Seven mariners including harbor pilots and a master mariner participated in the testing and validation exercises. Results in the form of track plots and pilot questionnaires were reviewed to develop final conclusions.
Description: Technical Report
Gov't Doc #: ERDC/CHL TR-19-17
Rights: Approved for Public Release; Distribution is Unlimited
Size: 353 pages ./ 116.2 Mb
Types of Materials: PDF
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