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EN486B: Port and Harbor Engineering

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EN486B Port and Harbor Engineering (3-0-3).

This course covers the planning of marine terminals and small craft harbors, ship berthing and maneuvering considerations, port navigation, port-related structures, channel design, floating terminals, offshore moorings, dredging, and port security.


Design of Marine Facilities for the Berthing, Mooring, and Repair of Vessels, 2 nd Edition , by John W. Gaythwaite, ASCE Press, Reston, Virginia


  1. Conceptually plan a medium-sized marine terminal or small-craft harbor given basic port requirements;
  2. Design port structures including wharves, piers, dolphins, revetments, seawalls, breakwaters, and jetties;
  3. Calculate mooring forces on ships, floating terminals, and buoys and then design mooring systems to resist those forces;
  4. Design navigation channels give anticipated vessel traffic; and
  5. Understanding the mechanisms for deterioration of marine structures, plan an underwater inspection and repair of a marine facility.

Class Topics

  1. Port and Vessel Types and Functions
  2. Operational and Environmental Loads
  3. Pier and Wharf Structural Design
  4. Berthing Loads and Fender Systems
  5. Pile and Bulkhead Design
  6. Port and Terminal Planning and Layout
  7. Moorings and Mooring Forces
  8. Design of Floating Structures
  9. Navigation Channel Design
  10. Deterioration, Inspection, and Repair of Marine Structures
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