Svašek Hydraulics

Coastal, harbour and river engineering consultants

 
WAVE MEASUREMENTS PORT OF ROTTERDAM
VERIFICATION TRANSMISSION COEFFICIENT NOORDERDAM

CLIENT
    Gate LNG

LOCATION
    Maasvlakte, Rotterdam,
    the Netherlands

DATE
    2008 - 2009

SERVICES
    Wave measurements during
    storm season,
    Verification of transmission
    coefficient with HARES


During the storm season 2008 – 2009, Svašek Hydraulics has carried out wave measurements at the harbour entrance of the Port of Rotterdam. The wave measurements have been initiated to verify formulas to calculate wave transmission through the Noorderdam (a rubble mount breakwater).

For wave transmission through the Noorderdam, a combination of high water levels (including surge) with high waves from North West directions is governing. The expectation is that during these events, wave transmission is the normative load combination for the revetments along the Gate LNG terminal.

For the verification of the transmission, on both sides of the Noorderdam, Datawell Waverider Buoys are installed from December 17th 2008 to May 16th 2009.

Unfortunately during this whole period, very few storm conditions did occur and verification of the transmission coefficient could only be analysed for operational conditions.

The harbour resonance wave model HARES was used to calculate the diffraction patterns around the breakwater to subtract wave diffraction from measured wave height to arrive at a transmitted wave height.