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Schedule

Note: For 6 week accelerated courses, content will be released at a pace of 2 sessions per week. For 12 week courses, the pace will be 1 session per week.

Session 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

Session 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

Session 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

Session 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

Session 5: Liquid Bulk Terminals

Learning outcomes

  • Describe the functional requirements of Liquid Bulk Terminals.
  • 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

Session 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

Session 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

Session 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

Session 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

Session 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 

Session 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

Session 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

This course outline is subject to change