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Introduction to Port Engineering Content Outline

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    Week 1: Design Conditions I

    Learning Outcomes:

    • Describe vessel characteristics and movements as they are applied to port design. 
    • Evaluate and compute vessel impacts on berth structures. 
    • Identify vessel mass for various uses. 
    • Estimate vessel motions at berth. 
    • Define navigation channel dimensions and other characteristics depending on vessels transiting. 

    Topics:

    • General Vessel Characteristics – length, beam, draft, LBP, naval architecture aspects 
    • Displacement, DWT, Gross Tonnage definitions 
    • Vessel Motions – Heave, pitch, roll, surge, sway, yaw  
    • Vessel transit – squat, windage, channel characteristics & broad brush design 
    • Vessel impact on berths - methods of calculation, varying angles of incidence by size, fender loads on hull plating

    Week 2: Design Conditions II

    Learning Outcomes:

    • List basic meteorological and oceanographic conditions impacting port facilities.
    • Evaluate risk concepts and recurrence intervals and their impact on the selection of design criteria. 
    • Describe basic development of environmental loads on port facilities/structures. 

    Topics:

    • Meteorological and oceanographic conditions – wind, waves, currents, tides, tsunami, fog, rainfall
    • Extreme Conditions for design – the concepts of recurrence interval and risk
    • Environmental Loads
    • Use of Breakwaters/Jetties

    Week 3: Container Terminal Development I

    Learning Outcomes:

    • Identify and describe the development of container vessels over time and their impact on upland and port facilities.
    • Describe alternative methods of handling containers from the pier face to the stacks.
    • Evaluate and describe the issues related to mooring and berthing container vessels.
    • Compute berth operating limits.

    Topics:

    • Unique Container Vessel Characteristics – Sizes, shapes
    • Container types
    • Upland configurations – container stacking, container handling
    • Upland Handling equipment types
    • Intermodal connectivity – rail, truck, gates
    • Mooring and berthing considerations/configurations
    • Mooring equipment

    Week 4: Container Terminal Developments II

    Learning Outcomes:

    • Describe the basic layout of container yards. 
    • Identify key types of container handling equipment and their impact on terminal layout and design. 
    • Evaluate the unique requirements of pavements in container facilities. 
    • Evaluate the unique utility requirements in container terminals.

    Topics:

    • Container Handling Equipment – STS Cranes, top loaders, transtainers, RMGs
    • Pavements
    • Modelling
    • Operational Issues
    • Shore Power

    Week 5: Liquid Bulk Terminals

    Learning Outcomes:

    • Describe the functional requirements of Liquid Bulk Terminalst.
    • Define the parameters of a risk and hazard analysis for petroleum terminals.
    • Evaluate the general scope and layout of the terminals and define functional requirements.
    • Identify commonly used design standards related to petroleum/liquid bulk terminals.

    Topics:

    • What can go wrong?
    • Functional requirements
    • Risk and Hazardous area requirements
    • General design layout and configurations (wharves, piers, islands, offshore multi-point)
    • Mooring and berthing requirements/analysis
    • Quick release hooks and mooring lines

    Week 6: Liquid Bulk Terminals II

    Learning Outcomes:

    • Define the loading combinations applicable to bulk terminal design.
    • Identify the components of berthing and mooring systems and typical design codes for petroleum facilities.
    • Evaluate alternative structural materials for berth construction.
    • Identify typical mechanical equipment required on terminals. 

    Topics:

    • Loads and loading combinations
    • Seismic criteria and associated structural displacements
    • Structural materials and construction
    • Mechanical equipment and pipeline systems
    • Fire detection and suppression
    • Instrumentation and operational issues
    • Existing terminals and rehabilitation

    Week 7: Dry Bulk Terminals

    Learning Outcomes:

    • Identify types of dry cargo and the implications on vessel loading.
    • Describe the characteristics of dry bulk terminals for various cargos.
    • Differentiate between types of loading/unloading operations.

    Topics:

    • Definitions
    • Cargo Types
    • Berth configurations
    • Handling Equipment – conveyor systems, ship loaders/unloaders, truck dumps, etc.
    • Lightering operations

    Week 8: Cruise Terminals

    Learning Outcomes:

    • Define unique characteristics of cruise vessels and the impact of those characteristics on berths/terminals.
    • Describe general requirements of terminal buildings and ancillary facilities.
    • Define unique operational aspects of cruise vessels/terminals.
    • Describe types of cruise facilities with respect to Port of Call, Homeport, Interporting.

    Topics:

    • Unique Vessel Characteristics
    • Operating Limitations – wind, waves, currents
    • Operating limitations – support services
    • Special Considerations – customs, immigration, passenger handling, baggage, stores

    Week 9: Marinas and Small Boat Harbors

    Learning Outcomes:

    • Describe general design and layout of floating, small craft marinas. 
    • Explain design criteria, with consideration of tsunami and storm surge loads.
    • Describe offshore, single point moorings analysis/design.

    Topics:

    • What can go wrong?
    • General design considerations and layout
    • Example design codes
    • Maintenance and inspection of floating small craft marinas
    • Single point, offshore moorings

    Week 10: Breakwaters & Jetties

    Learning Outcomes:

    • Define the purpose of breakwater and jetty structures as they apply to ports and harbors.
    • Identify types of breakwater and jetty structures and the relative merits of each. 
    • Determine the criteria used in the design of these protective structures. 
    • Execute a two dimensional design of a protective breakwater.

    Topics:

    • Purpose of structures
    • Types of structures – rubble mound, caissons, shoreside revetments
    • Determining layouts 
    • Design methodologies – criteria, waves, formulas
    • Typical designs
    • Examples 

    Week 11: Military Facilities

    Learning Outcomes:

    • Define special requirements for berthing at naval facilities. 
    • Define navigation requirements unique to naval vessels.
    • Evaluate the requirements for weapons handling at military facilities. 

    Topics:

    • Vessel Characteristics and special considerations – carriers, subs
    • Mooring issues 
    • Cold Ironing
    • Weapons Handling
    • Supporting utilities

    Week 12: Military Facilities II

    Learning Outcomes:

    • Define the needs for naval facilities related to shore utilities.
    • Describe the differences between graving and floating drydocks and their operations.
    • Identify the special considerations related to “museum” vessels.

    Topics:

    • Shoreside Utilities
    • Special Support facilities – Pure water, steam, machine shops
    • Drydocking – Floating and Graving docks
    • “Museum” Vessels – special considerations 

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