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Predicting the effects of boat generated waves within sheltered waterways


Macfarlane, GJ and Bose, N and Duffy, JT, Predicting the effects of boat generated waves within sheltered waterways, Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Estuaries and Coasts, 8-11 October, Hanoi, Vietnam, pp. 1-8. (2012) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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The introduction of regular, high-speed commercial ferry services and the growing popularity of highpowered, high-speed recreational craft have resulted in danger and damage from the waves they generate on many inland waterways. There is an increasing need to implement one or more of the following remedial measures:

  • regulate vessel operations within these regions (speed and/or route),
  • optimise the vessel design to minimise or eliminate the generation of damaging waves,
  • implement remedial measures on shore.

The most commonly adopted remedial measure for documented cases in sheltered waterways is to regulate vessel operations through the implementation of suitable criteria. Regardless of the actions adopted, there is a demonstrated need to understand the phenomenon and to develop the means to minimise its effect through design and operation.

A technique is outlined to assess the wave wake of vessels that operate within sheltered waterways that possess sensitive shorelines. This includes the development of a predictive tool that can be used to quantify the characteristics of the waves generated by a wide variety of vessel hull forms under practical operational conditions, and the adoption of suitable regulatory criteria for vessel operations on sheltered waterways. The combined use of the prediction tool and criteria provides the means to identify any potentially serious wave wake issues very early in planning and design stages of a vessel for a particular route.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:wave wake, wash, small craft, prediction, regulation, model testing
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Maritime engineering
Research Field:Ship and platform structures (incl. maritime hydrodynamics)
Objective Division:Transport
Objective Group:Water transport
Objective Field:Water transport not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Macfarlane, GJ (Associate Professor Gregor MacFarlane)
UTAS Author:Bose, N (Professor Neil Bose)
UTAS Author:Duffy, JT (Associate Professor Jonathan Duffy)
ID Code:82192
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:NC Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics
Deposited On:2013-01-18
Last Modified:2014-12-19
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