Waves Affecting Port Operations

Waves Affecting Port Operations

Ports face unique meteorological and oceanographic challenges that affect their design and operability. Understanding these challenges is important for safe, efficient and environmentally responsible port management.

BMT Ship & Coastal Dynamics offers a range of independent metocean services for ports and harbours. We understand the impact that tides, currents, waves, winds and sediment movement can have on  vessel manoeuvrability, safe berthing, loading and dredging.

Our multi-disciplinary team combines leading-edge metocean knowledge with the practical experience of master mariners, hydrodynamic specialists, chartered engineers and naval architects. They use advanced measurement, numerical modelling, numerical analysis and remote sensing techniques to enable ports to operate safely, efficiently and responsibly, with minimal downtime.

BMT can provide:

  • Operability and downtime studies
  • Forensic studies to support legal and insurance cases, for example storm-related damage cases
  • Feasibility assessments for port and harbour developments and modifications
  • Metocean criteria studies to help establish engineering design and operational parameters

Typical projects include:

  • Seiches in the port of Rotterdam - definition of hydraulic boundary conditions for coastal defences
  • Wave tranquillity study for the port of Mohammedia (Morocco), downtime assessment for swells and infragravity waves
  • Wave and surge modelling in the Dutch Wadden Sea
  • Sheltering location selection for operating barges near Barrow Island (Australia), near-shore hurricane modelling (swells and surge combined)