Maritime Constructions

Maritime Constructions

Instructor information

Module leader: Prof. Paolo De Girolamo

Course information

ECTS: 6 credits
Status: Elective
Semester: 4
Hours: 42/18 (lectures/exercises)


  • The objective is to enable students to learn the basics of port planning and design of maritime works and to learn the functional characteristics of major marine terminals.
  • As part of the course are also given the basics of oceanography and maritime hydraulic needed to address applicative issues related to the harbours and their environmental impact.

Syllabus outline

  • Fundamentals of oceanography and maritime hydraulic: sea waves (linear theory) , currents, astronomical and meteorological tides, atmospheric circulation (the formations of fronts and of cyclonic and anticyclone areas, thermal winds, tropical and extra-tropical storms, hurricanes), tsunamis, wave propagation on variable depths (refraction, shoaling and wave breaking), filed measurements of waves and analysis of wave measurements (zero-crossing and spectral methods), wave loads on structures.
  • Fundamentals of maritime constructions: definitions and port classifications, logical scheme for the preparation of a port plan, maritime factors, schemes of ports, major ships characteristics, hydro-nautical aspects, commercial and industrial ports (design of maritime terminals), fishery ports, marinas, rubble mound breakwaters and vertical walls, quays.

Essential reading list

  • Lecture slides
  • Fondamenti di idraulica marittima per Ingegneri – Paolo De Girolamo e Alberto Noli
  • Fondamenti di Costruzioni Marittime – Alberto Noli e Paolo De Girolamo
  • Ports and Terminals – H.Ligteringen and H. Velsink
  • Hydrodinamics of coastal regions – IB A. SVENDSEN and IVAR G. Jonsson

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