The material in this book has been continuously developed since the
author started to teach hydrodynamics of ships and offshore structures
at the Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTH) in 1974. During this
period offshore oil activity has played an important role in Norwegian
society. Interest in ships for transportation has changed during these
years. At the moment there is an increasing interest in developing
high-speed marine vehicles for transportation of goods and passengers.
In the future it is expected that oil and gas exploration will move into
areas of deeper water. Examples on future new areas where ocean
engineers and naval architects can be of help is fish farming in open
sea, recovery of deep-sea minerals, and development of marine energy
resources from temperature gradients and waves. In all these areas there
is a need to know about sea loads. This is what this book is all about.
The book covers applications in a broad area. This includes
conventional ships, high-speed marine vehicles, fixed and floating