Nonlinear Hydrodynamic Analysis of Ships Moored in a VLFS Service Basin in the East Mediterranean Sea

Roy Gafter, Nitai Drimer

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Very large floating structure (VLFS) is an environmentally sensitive technology which creates artificial land at sea. Designated for the open sea, the Delta is a new type of VLFS. Formed, inherently, by the innovative geometry, the sheltered basin is a unique feature of the Delta. Its year-round operability as the gateway of the structure directly affects the Delta’s utilization. This study examines the basin in terms of its operability as a service port. Relying on potential flow theory and applying the boundary element method, we conducted a nonlinear hydrodynamic analysis of a moored vessel at the basin. It consists of a time‐domain simulation of a tanker, berthed via nonlinear mooring system along the Delta’s side hull under severe wave conditions typical to the East Mediterranean Sea. The system is evaluated in terms of acceptable motion of the ship and permissible load on the mooring system. The favorable results indicate that the basin enables most cargo handling operations under waves conditions of Hmo = 2.5 m, and minimal downtime of less than 6% of the year. In this paper we present the analysis procedure, the evaluation criteria, and the mooring system’s design. The study results and their significance are presented and discussed as well.

Original languageEnglish
Article number382
JournalJournal of Marine Science and Engineering
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2022


  • Hydrodynamic analysis
  • Mooring design
  • Time domain
  • VLFS

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Ocean Engineering


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