Ship navigation simulation study, Houston-Galveston navigation channel, Texas. Report 4, Houston Ship Channel - Gulf Intracoastal Waterway Intersection




Webb, Dennis W.

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Waterways Experiment Station


This report focuses on the southern part of Galveston Bay where the Gulf Intercoastal Waterways (GIWW) and the Houston Ship Channel (HSC) intersect. The Houston Ship Channel is one of the busiest channels in the country and ship pilots say the amount of traffic up and down it is steadily increasing. The purpose of this study was to test the proposed improvements for the GIWW/HSC intersection to ensure that they were adequate for safe navigation. Real-time testing was accomplished by conducting deep draft (ship) and shallow-draft (tow) simulations simultaneously to recreate the most restrictive design situation in the prototype. The simulations were timed so that the meeting and the passing of the two vessels, which were headed in opposite directions, occurred at or near the GIWW/HSC intersection.


83 pgs.


ship technology, ship design, navigation, hydraulic engineering, hydrodynamics, channels, construction and design, ships, maneuverability, computer simulation