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‘Technical Specifications of Floating Structures’

  • Category
    Science & Technology
  • Published
    14th Dec, 2020

Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways has compiled the draft guidelines for technical specifications of floating structures, with a vision to set up and deploy world-class floating infrastructure all along the coastline and issued the same for public consultation.

Context

Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways has compiled the draft guidelines for technical specifications of floating structures, with a vision to set up and deploy world-class floating infrastructure all along the coastline and issued the same for public consultation.

About

  • Floating structure because of its inherent advantages, is attractive solution and being encouraged by the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways.
  • The Ministry has successfully implemented a few pilot projects in the recent past by following the international guiding principles. These include
    • setting up of passenger floating jetties in Goa
    • water-aerodromes at Sabarmati River and at Sardar Sarovar Dam (for the seaplane services) which are yielding good results
  • More than 80 similar projects of the Ministry are under planning stage all along the coastline for overall development and upliftment of the coastal community.

What are the benefits of floating jetties?

The benefits of floating jetties over the conventional quay and fixed concrete structures are as follows:

  • It is a cost-effective solution and much cheaper than conventional structures price.
  • Setting up of floating structures is much faster as compared to conventional jetties. Usually, floating structures can be built in 6-8 months as compared to 24 months for conventional structures.
  • Its environmental impact is minimal.
  • Expansions are easily feasible due to modular construction techniques.
  • It is easily transportable in case of reconfiguring of the port.
  • It provides constant freeboard between jetties and boats.
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