Have you heard about bow thrusters? If anything, here’s what you need to know: bow thrusters are not a hang-over from Danny and Sandys’ 1970’s disco craze. They actually serve a serious purpose. Bow thrusters are props beneath ships that improve manoeuvrability when entering or leaving ports at a lower speed. While they are highly useful for vessels, it’s not the same case for ports, making wharf scouring protection a necessity!
How Bow Thrusters Affect Wharves
The excessive turbulence caused by bow thrusters and ship propellers is a major reason for erosion at wharves.
The continuous currents directed at the shore by ships can damage revetments again and again, disrupting the foundation of the wharf. The lack of scouring protection can eventually affect the stability of the berthing structure, leading to higher renovation costs in the long run.
The Damaging Impact of Large Vessels
Port authorities indeed want to accommodate vessels of varying sizes because they are all important. However, the issue is that the magnitude of a thruster is proportionate to the size of the ship.
We know that ships have doubled in size over time, which means you need to do everything to protect the ports from massive bow thruster damage. Accommodating Ultra Large Container Vessels -ULCVs- and cruise ships can expose port assets to risk, especially if you don’t have shore erosion control measures in place.
Wharf Scouring Protection with Rock Bags
The good news is, there are shoreline erosion control products that you can get your hands on. If you are looking for the best way to tackle coastal erosion in Australia or New Zealand, look no further.
Kyowa rock bags have made it possible for port authorities to upgrade their wharves and accommodate large vessels without worrying about toe scour. They are super easy to deploy, environmentally friendly, and cost-effective.
You don’t have to spend a hefty sum to upscale the port anymore. With rock bags, today’s port can get ready for tomorrow’s mega-ships.
If you need rock bags for shoreline erosion control in your area, contact Bluemont today. Call us on +61 2 9091 0360 now!
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