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New Jersey Wake Mitigation Study

The New Jersey Department of Transportation’s Office of Maritime Resources (NJDOT/OMR) is addressing further investigation of wake mitigation strategies and technologies in New Jersey, through the New Jersey Wake Mitigation Study. The Study, designed and conducted by Stevens Institute of Technology Center for Maritime Systems

will build upon prior research conducted by the Center for Maritime Systems on the evaluation of the performance of wave barrier technologies, analysis of wake wash characteristics in the New Jersey-New York Harbor and the development of the New Jersey-New York Harbor Operation Support System (HOSS). Research was conducted in two phases:   

Phase I

  • The design of a prototype deepwater wake barrier capable of attenuating a significant amount of wave energy (> 80%) within the wave period band characteristic of vessel wakes in the NY/NJ Harbor; and
  • The analysis of the impact of the prototype wake barrier on the aquatic environment, including benthic habitat, flushing and fish impacts.

Phase IA

  • If constructed, pre- and post-installation monitoring of the effectiveness of the full-scale wake barrier in the attenuation of vessel wakes; and
  • Field investigation of the impact of the prototype wake barrier on the aquatic environment, including benthic habitat, flushing and fish impacts.

Phase II

  • A systematic analysis of the effectiveness of wake barriers of varying porosity on the attenuation of wake energy in shallow water environments typical of southern New Jersey;
  • The development of design guidance for effective shallow water wake barriers; and
  • The evaluation of a prototype shallow water wake barrier.

The complete report is available here (pdf, 1.56Mb).

 
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