Survey of Naval Port Fender Systems.
Final rept. for period ending Jan 80.
VSE CORP OXNARD CA
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A survey of Navy pier fender systems was conducted to evaluate the need for an RDTE program leading to improved fender systems. Eighteen major activities were surveyed by mail and on-site visits were made to activities in San Diego and Norfolk. The survey revealed a An overall poor to fair condition for pier fender systems except where repair by replacement was being accomplished by large scale projects. b A trend towards increasing costs and a declining quality of timber materials. c An overriding concern for the frequency and magnitude of damage by ships and craft. d A uniformity in problems, damage and level of maintenance costs but a lack of uniformity in approaches to improvements and solutions. e Improvements in design and materials for timber pile fender systems in San Diego that may well be applicable to general purpose berthing at most other locations. f A need for concentrated, centralized work to improve camel and fender designs for submarines, carriers and certain special use berthing.
- Marine Engineering