What is Interaction and its factors in detail ?

Hydrodynamic interaction continues to be a major contributory factor in marine casualties and hazardous incidents. Typical situations involve larger vessels overtaking smaller ones in narrow channels where interaction has caused the vessels to collide and, in one case the capsize of the smaller vessel with loss of life.

Situations in which hydrodynamic interaction is involved fall into the following categories:-

  1. Vessels which are attempting to pass one another at very close range. This is usually due to their being confined to a narrow channel.
  2. Vessels which are manoeuvring in very close company for operational reasons, particularly when the larger vessel has a small under-keel clearance.
  3. Vessels with a small under-keel clearance which stop rapidly, when approaching an enclosed basin, resulting in unexpected sheering. Included in this category is the reduced effect of accompanying tugs which may sometimes be experienced in these circumstances.


When vessels are passing there are two situations:

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