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Application of an Analytic Methodology to Estimate the Movements of Moored Vessels Based on Forecast Data

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Water and Environmental Engineering Group (GEAMA), Universidade da Coruña, Campus Elviña S/n, 15071 A Coruña, Spain
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Centre for Research of Information and Communication Technologies (CITIC), Universidade da Coruña, Campus Elviña S/n, 15071 A Coruña, Spain
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Department of Computer Science, Universidade da Coruña, Campus Elviña S/n, 15071 A Coruña, Spain
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Water 2019, 11(9), 1841; https://doi.org/10.3390/w11091841
Received: 21 June 2019 / Revised: 30 August 2019 / Accepted: 1 September 2019 / Published: 4 September 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Interaction between Waves and Maritime Structures)
A port’s operating capacity and the economic performance of its concessions are intimately related to the quality of its operational conditions. This paper presents an analytical methodology for estimating the movements of a moored vessel based on field measurements and forecast data, specifically including ship dimensions and meteorological and maritime conditions. The methodology was tested and validated in the Outer Port of Punta Langosteira, A Coruña, Spain. It was determined that the significant wave height outside the port, and the ratio of the vessel’s length divided by its beam (L/B), are the variables that most influence movements. Furthermore, heave and surge are the movements with a better value of the coefficient of determination (R2 values of 0.71 and 0.67, respectively), the sway (R2 = 0.30) and roll (R2 = 0.27) being the worst when using the available forecast variables of the Outer Port of Punta Langosteira. Despite their low R2 values, sway and roll models are able to estimate the main trends of these movements. The obtained estimators provide good predictions with assumable error values (root mean square error—RMSE and mean absolute error—MAE), showing their potential application as a predictive tool. Finally, as a consequence, the A Coruña Port Authority has included the results of the methodology in its port management system allowing them to predict moored vessel behavior in the port. View Full-Text
Keywords: ship motions; in-situ observations; port operation; transfer functions; meteorological and ocean conditions; vessel dimensions ship motions; in-situ observations; port operation; transfer functions; meteorological and ocean conditions; vessel dimensions
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Sande, J.; Figuero, A.; Tarrío-Saavedra, J.; Peña, E.; Alvarellos, A.; Rabuñal, J.R. Application of an Analytic Methodology to Estimate the Movements of Moored Vessels Based on Forecast Data. Water 2019, 11, 1841.

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