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Freak waves: clues for prediction in ship accidents?
Toffoli, A.; Lefèvre, J.M.; Monbaliu, J.; Savina, H.; Bitner-Gregersen, E. (2003). Freak waves: clues for prediction in ship accidents?, in: Chung, J.S. et al. The Proceedings of The Thirteenth (2003) International Offshore and Polar Engineering Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, May 25-30, 2003. pp. 23-29
In: Chung, J.S.; Prinsenberg, S. (2003). The Proceedings of The Thirteenth (2003) International Offshore and Polar Engineering Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, May 25-30, 2003. International Society of Offshore and Polar Engineers (ISOPE): California. ISBN 1-880653-60-5. , more

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Document type: Conference paper

Author keywords
    Freak waves; ship accidents

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  • Toffoli, A., more
  • Lefèvre, J.M.
  • Monbaliu, J., more
  • Savina, H.
  • Bitner-Gregersen, E.

Abstract
    Description of freak waves is not only important for design work but also for operational purposes it would be of benefit if warnings could be given to mariners. Meteo-centers already provide wave forecast based on spectral wave model. Although a spectrum gives some average description of the sea-state, it might contain additional information indicating an increased probability of occurrence of exceptional waves. To this end a database with 650 ship accidents was extracted from Lloyd’s Marine Information Service database. Their study may help in identifying the ocean areas more prone to bad weather in general and abnormal waves in particular.

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