Purpose: The purpose is to update ASCE Manual 50, Report on Planning and Design Guidelines for Small Craft Harbors. In the 17 years that have passed since this manual was last revised in 1994, the planning, engineering and design aspects of marina development have changed significantly. The demand for access to our nation’s oceans, lakes and rivers has steadily increased, but the design, maintenance and new construction of harbor infrastructure such as breakwaters, dredging, piers, boat slips and launch ramps have not kept pace. Public access traditionally provided by older, out-dated marinas and boat launches are being lost to more profitable land uses. This in turn is creating a demand for new harbors and waterfront facilities based on the latest planning and design approaches, technology and boats. Many times blighted and contaminated waterfronts are the only sites available for development. Collaboration is needed among many professions during all phases of design and development, often requiring public/private partnerships to get these projects built.
Fred A. Klancnik, P.E., L.S., F.ASCE
Jack C. Cox, P.E., D.CE, D.NE, D.PE, M.ASCE
Shannon M. Kinsella, P.E., M.ASCE
Mark A. Pirrello, P.E., M.ASCE
Ports & Harbors