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Ferry Landing Design Criteria II: Vessel Characteristics and How They Influence Ferry Landing Design

Description: Information is provided that will help ferry landing designers understand how vessel characteristics affect berthing maneuvers. Such information will assist in the development of improved ferry landing designs and operating policies. The study includes a literature review, mathematical modeling, a review of physical model tests, and sea trials. Full-scale measurements were also collected with global positioning (GPS) equipment. The results show that physical model tests, sea trials, and full-scale measurements provide useful information on vessel stopping and turning characteristics. Efforts to mathematically model vessel deceleration produced limited success. Recommendations are given for further full-scale tests to assist in defining vessel maneuverability in a variety of berthing situations.

  • Date Published: October, 1993
  • Publication Number: WA-RD 267.2
  • Last Modified: June 10, 2007
  • Authors: Barbara Adele Scarpelli, Charles T. Jahren.
  • Originator: Washington State Transportation Center (TRAC)
  • # of Pages: 281 p., 52,576 KB (PDF)
  • Subject: Berthing facilities, Deceleration, Design, Docks, Ferries, Ferry terminals, Global Positioning System, Guides to the literature, Literature reviews, Maneuverability, Maneuvering, Mathematical models, Ports, Prototype tests, Seaworthiness.
  • Keywords: Vessels, port design, ferry, ferry landing design, ferry terminal design, fender design, berthing, global positioning systems, sea trials, physical modeling, mathematical modeling.
  • Related Publications: Ferry Landing Design Criteria II: Vessel Tracking Methods for Ferry Landing Design, (WA-RD 267.1).
    Design Criteria for Outer Structures at Ferry Landings, (WA-RD 267.3).


This abstract was last modified April 29, 2008