Special Issue "Design of Harbour and Coastal Structures"

A special issue of Journal of Marine Science and Engineering (ISSN 2077-1312). This special issue belongs to the section "Coastal Engineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 January 2024 | Viewed by 1847

Special Issue Editors

Departamento de Ciencias y Tecnologías del Agua y Medio Ambiente (CyTAMA), Civil Engineering Faculty, Universidad de Cantabria, C/ Isabel Torres, Nº 15 - C.P. 39011 Santander, Spain
Interests: harbour design and operations; wave agitation and resonance analysis for downscaling assessment; marina design; forecast system development for coastal, and harbour management, safety and construction; wave structure interaction, wake wave generation and propagation and moored ship analysis; breakwater and coastal structure design, overtopping analysis; boussinesq-type model developer and advanced user; elliptic mild slope model developer; GUI designer and developer for numerical wave modelling; teaching for both undergraduate and master’s degree courses

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The design, management, use, maintenance, improvement, adaptation and construction of coastal and harbour structures are at an important historical point, highly influenced by the current effects of climate change, the increasingly demanding requirements of use and the growing sizes of vessels and the need to locate them in areas increasingly exposed to more extreme oceanic climates.

Therefore, the current methods must be improved with designs that consider their ecological effects, adaptability, resilience, cost and efficiency, more in line with the actual capabilities of hi-res climate databases, novel instrumentation techniques, advanced numerical approaches and highly detailed laboratory tests. As well as new structures, pre-existing structures (which have a shorter lifespan in terms of usefulness) need to be revised, improved and/or adapted in the very short term.

The purpose of this Special Issue is to publish the most exciting research with respect to the abovementioned subjects, provide a rapid turn-around time regarding the review and publication process and to disseminate the articles freely for research, teaching and reference purposes.

High-quality papers directly related to the various aspects listed below are encouraged. The use of novel techniques is encouraged.

  • Breakwater and coastal structure design;
  • Quay design;
  • Special typology design;
  • Harbour agitation and resonance;
  • Wave propagation numerical modelling and coastal and harbour downscaling;
  • Laboratory approach for wave structure design;
  • CDF modelling for wave-structure interaction;
  • Downtime analysis;
  • Moored ship analysis;
  • Probabilistic approach for structure design;
  • Working with nature design and philosophy;
  • Structure resilience;
  • Climate change structure adaptation.

Dr. Gabriel Diaz-Hernandez
Dr. Vicente Negro
Guest Editors

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  • port and coastal structure design
  • harbour agitation
  • resonance
  • wave modelling
  • laboratory approach
  • downtime analysis
  • probabilistic approach
  • structure resilience
  • climate change adaptation

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A Decision-Making Tool for Port Operations Based on Downtime Risk and Met-Ocean Conditions including Infragravity Wave Forecast
J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2023, 11(3), 536; https://doi.org/10.3390/jmse11030536 - 01 Mar 2023
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Port downtime leads to economic losses and reductions in safety levels. This problem is generally assessed in terms of uni-variable thresholds, despite its multidimensional nature. The aim of the present study is to develop a downtime probability forecasting tool, based on real problems [...] Read more.
Port downtime leads to economic losses and reductions in safety levels. This problem is generally assessed in terms of uni-variable thresholds, despite its multidimensional nature. The aim of the present study is to develop a downtime probability forecasting tool, based on real problems at the Outer Port of Punta Langosteira (Spain), and including infragravity wave prediction. The combination of measurements from three pressure sensors and a tide gauge, together with machine-learning techniques, made it possible to generate long wave prognostication at different frequencies. A fitting correlation of 0.95 and 0.9 and a root mean squared error (RMSE) of 0.022 m and 0.012 m were achieved for gravity and infragravity waves, respectively. A wave hindcast in the berthing areas, met-ocean forecast data, and information on 15 real operational problems between 2017 and 2022, were all used to build a classification model for downtime probability estimation. The proposed use of this tool addresses the problems that arise when two consecutive sea states have thresholds above 3.97%. This is the limit for guaranteeing the safety of port operations and has a cost of just 0.6 unnecessary interruptions of operations per year. The methodology is easily exportable to other facilities for an adequate assessment of downtime risks. Full article
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