Ship Navigation Simulator Study Upper Mobile Bay Channel.
ARMY ENGINEER WATERWAYS EXPERIMENT STATION VICKSBURG MS HYDRAULICS LAB
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The principal tool used for the study described in ths report was the WES Ship Simulator. Special tests were conducted on the Mobile Bay scale model at WES to measure and record the currents occurring in the study area for input into the simulator. A 63,000-dwt bulk carrier type ship typical of the size vessel presently using the coal loading facility was used in the simulator study. A reconnaissance trip aboard a bulk carrier inbound into Mobile Harbor was taken to study real world piloting conditions. A number of inbound ship transit simulator tests were conducted with a professional Mobile Bay pilot as well as several WES engineers. This report presents a brief overview of Mobile Harbor, some of the navigation problems in the study area, and the proposed channel modifications. The ship simulator is next described and the methodology of data base creation. THe test results are then presented and discussed and finally, study conclusions and recommendations are drawn. Appendix A gives plotted results of all the test runs used in the analysis of results.
- Civil Engineering