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Design of Marine Facilities

Engineering for Port and Harbor Structures, Third Edition


John W. Gaythwaite, P.E.

ASCE Press

2016 / 600 pp.
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Since 1990, John Gaythwaite's Design of Marine Facilities stands out as the one essential reference for the engineering and design of ports, harbors, and marine terminals. The Third Edition continues this tradition by providing the accurate, authoritative explanations and recommendations required by civil engineers who are building and maintaining the structures used to berth, moor, and repair ocean-going vessels.

Gaythwaite provides comprehensive technical discussions on a variety of loads and design issues relevant to ports and harbors. Topics include:

  • Vessel characteristics
  • Features of marine facilities
  • Operational and environmental loads
  • Berthing loads and fender system design
  • Mooring loads and design principles
  • Design of fixed structures, including piers, wharves, dolphins, access buildings, crane trackage, and ship services
  • Geotechnical design for marine sites, including foundations, slopes, bulkheads and retaining structures, solid-fill structures, and pile and drilled-shaft foundations
  • Floating structures
  • Dry docks
  • Rehabilitation, maintenance, and inspection.

The Third Edition completely revises and updates previous editions with expanded coverage overall. Material has been added on seismic design, tsunami effects, sea level rise, design of fixed aids to navigation, and other topics. New information is included regarding the rehabilitation, maintenance, and repair of marine facilities, as well as facility inspection, assessment, and life-cycle asset management.

With its practical approach and clear explanations, Design of Marine Facilities: Engineering for Port and Harbor Structures is a must-have guide for port authority engineers, marine terminal operators, marine contractors, port planners, and other professionals. It is also an excellent introduction for students to the basics of marine facilities design.

John W. Gaythwaite, P.E., D.PE, D.CE, is president of Maritime Engineering Consultants, Inc., in Manchester, Massachusetts. He also edited Mooring of Ships to Piers and Wharves (2014), ASCE Manuals and Reports on Engineering Practice No. 129.