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A guide to the assessment of vessel wash within sheltered waterways


MacFarlane, GJ and Cox, G, A guide to the assessment of vessel wash within sheltered waterways, Pacific 2008 : International Maritime Conference ; proceedings book ; meeting the maritime challenges, 29 - 31 January 2008, Sydney EJ ISBN 9781877040665 (2008) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Sheltered waterways are being subjected to increasing pressure from recreational activities, including recreational boating, as well as public transport and marine tourism. The characteristics of the waves generated by such craft can be very complex and their effect on shoreline environments is poorly understood. To date the development of vessel operating criteria for mitigating foreshore impacts has been largely vessel and site-specific, making transposition of operating criteria between different sites very difficult. In order to develop a rational means of assessing and regulating vessel wash, the relevant scientific, environmental and social issues should be understood and embraced. The basics of vessel wash generation are summarised to introduce the potential difficulties when attempting to measure and parameterise wash components. The likely impacts on the natural and manmade environment are discussed, as well as a range of wash criteria that are currently in use. Lastly, an overview is provided of commonly measured wash parameters and how they may be incorporated into operating requirements.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Maritime engineering
Research Field:Ship and platform structures (incl. maritime hydrodynamics)
Objective Division:Defence
Objective Group:Defence
Objective Field:Maritime
UTAS Author:MacFarlane, GJ (Associate Professor Gregor MacFarlane)
ID Code:53987
Year Published:2008
Deposited By:NC Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics
Deposited On:2009-02-04
Last Modified:2012-03-21
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