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Marine structures are a variety of engineering facilities, which are constructed and installed in the ocean for marine resource exploitation and continuous development. Marine vehicles, structures and facilities or systems are designed and produced to serve some specific purpose such as transporting cargo from one place to another, fighting wars, exploiting living and nonliving resources, harnessing energy from the sea, tourism and sports, support services for all such activities and facilities for such activities at the land and sea interface. Based on the purpose intended, vessels, structures and facilities at sea and on the coast vary in their functionality and design. Marine structures are necessary in order to exploit these possibilities. Since marine structures such as ships and offshore structures are massive, capital-intensive, and complicated structures placed in a special unfriendly environment, their design and development require research and skilled engineers.

Advanced Marine Structures brings together the studies on the latest developments in research, design, fabrication and in-service experience relating to marine structures. The objective of this book is to summarize the latest developments of design codes, engineering practice and research into the form of a book, focusing on applications of finite element analysis and risk reliability methods. This book is intended to help engineers meet the growing worldwide demand for construction of new ports and the modernization of existing ports and terminals. It provides an authoritative guide to the design, construction, rehabilitation, repair, and maintenance of port and harbor structures. It emphasizes some of the challenges and trends associated with the future development of marine structures. Its main focus is on ways to improve the efficiency of energy-consuming ships, and on design challenges related to energy-producing offshore structures. This book also discusses the analysis tools that are most needed to enable sustainable designs for future ships and offshore structures.

This book will serve as valuable information and guiding tool for marine structural engineers and naval architects, as well as mechanical engineers and researchers involved in the design and fabrication of marine structures.