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Deep Draft Navigation

Welcome

Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction

Part II: The Analysis

Appendices

References and Related Links: Deep Draft Navigation

Deep Draft Navigation

Welcome

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This deep draft navigation NED manual is one of a series of guides to assist Corps field economists in computing National Economic Development benefits. This manual will be published on-line as an interactive version. This web-based version has the flexibility to be easily updated as new information becomes available and new methodologies are developed. The Manual describes accepted economic analysis procedures for deep draft navigation projects. It also describes the fundamentals of containership analysis. Containership traffic analysis is currently undergoing research and analytical advancements. Approved new methods for containership analysis will be provided in future updates of the Manual. Field economists engaged in containership analysis should contact the Deep Draft Navigation Planning Center of Expertise for up-to-date methodologies and to get specialized planning expertise.

The previous manual was published in 1991 by the Institute for Water Resources (IWR). Dr. Kevin Horn, under contract with IWR, wrote the majority of the content of the current version. Kevin Knight, an IWR economist, wrote various sections and Appendix B. Susan Durden of IWR managed the development of the preliminary draft manual. Erin Wilson managed, wrote various sections, coordinated reviews, and produced the final version of the document. Diana Hallman of Web and Writing Solutions Company was the lead editor. Lillian Almodovar was the lead program manager.

Review of the preliminary draft of this manual was provided by members of the Deep Draft Navigation Planning Center of Expertise, a virtual team made up of subject matter experts in the field of navigation economics throughout the Corps. Reviewers included: Ken Claseman, Bernard Moseby, Edmund O’Leary, Erin Wilson, and Kevin Knight. The final draft was reviewed by Dan Abecassis, Ken Claseman, Aaron Game, Naomi Fraenkel, Kevin Knight, Frank Reynolds, and Brian Shenk. Other reviewers and contributors include (in alphabetical order): Gloria Appell, Larry J. Cocchieri, Mark Haab, Keith Hofseth, Harry Kitch, Ian Mathis, Dr. David Moser, Rebecca Moyer, Norm Starler, and others at the Institute for Water Resources.

This manual is organized into two parts. Part I-Introduction covers the basics of planning and navigation. It includes an overview of the Corps Planning Process (Chapter 2) and the National Economic Development objective (Chapter 3). Part I also provides an overview of deep draft ports and vessels and their characteristics (Chapter 4) and of port and vessel operations (Chapter 5).

Part II-The Analysis focuses on the analysis steps in order to identify the NED Plan. Chapter 6 provides an overview of the economic analysis. Chapter 7 focuses on the data collection phase of the economic analysis, including types and sources of information. Chapter 8 discusses the concept of the economic study area for a deep draft economic analysis including addressing hinterlands and multiport analyses. An understanding of the commodity and vessel flows is critical for an NED analysis. Chapter 9 discusses commodity identification and how to describe the baseline information for the NED analysis. Chapter 10 provides detailed procedures for developing the existing and without-project vessel fleet compositions and their transportations costs. Examples are provided to illustrate the types of data and reports that will need to be generated as part of the NED analysis.

Current transportation costs are needed for NED analysis. Chapter 11 discusses ocean transportation costs, inland transportation costs, and transportation costs in multiport analysis. Chapter 12 provides guidance on how to describe existing and without-projection conditions and Chapter 13 addresses with-project alternatives, including structural alternatives, nonstructural alternatives, or a combination. Some common alternatives are described. Chapter 14 provides the framework, concepts, and methods for calculating NED benefits and costs for the development of the NED plan.

The Appendices provide supplemental information including basic navigation terminology (glossary) (Appendix A), case examples of calculating benefits (Appendix B), tide analysis data (Appendix C), specific data on containerships and dredges (Appendix E and Appendix F), and a guide to deep-draft vessel operating costs (Appendix H).

Users of this online manual for deep draft navigation can use the left panel to go to the section of specific interest or may go directly to the Print Manual to access and/or print the entire PDF document, except for Appendix H, which is in a separate file.

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