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ROPES: Progress report 3. December 2011 - January 2012
Delefortrie, G.; Vantorre, M.; Mostaert, F. (2012). ROPES: Progress report 3. December 2011 - January 2012. versie 2.0. WL Rapporten, 848_03. Flanders Hydraulics Research: Antwerpen. IV, 17 + 6 p. append. pp.
Part of: WL Rapporten. Waterbouwkundig Laboratorium: Antwerpen. , more

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Document type: Project report

    Harbours and waterways > Wave generation by ships > Influence on moored ships
    Physical modelling
Author keywords
    Ship-to-ship interactions; schip-tot-schip interacties

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Proposer: Gemeentelijk Havenbedrijf Antwerpen (GHA), more

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  • Delefortrie, G., more
  • Vantorre, M., more
  • Mostaert, F., more

    ROPES is a joint industry project aiming at providing the partners with software to compute the forces induced by a passing vessel on moored vessels. Both Flanders Hydraulics Research and Ghent University joined the project for € 1 and are committed to the Antwerp Port Authority being an industrial partner in the project. The Antwerp Port Authority wished the software would take account of the specific situation in the harbour of Antwerp:

    The traffic in the Deurganck and the (yet to be built) Saeftinge docks where large sailing container carriers interact with equally large moored container carriers;
    The setup of jetties on the river banks and in the docks to moor tankers that also will be affected by the passing ships;
    The interaction with smaller (inland) vessels.

    To enable the validation of the software with the above conditions FHR wrote a research proposal [1] to the ROPES’ steering committee. Due to budget restrictions the accepted proposal, further referred to as proposal A, is only a reduced version of the initial one. For this reason the Antwerp Port Authority asked for an additional program [2], which will be referred to as proposal B. None of these proposals took account of the effect of a moored ship with an extremely small under keel clearance. Model tests addressing this issue are covered by a 3rd program C [3].

    This report is the third one in a row and covers the tests carried out in December 2011 and January 2012.

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