Rogue elements

Fisher, Richard
February 2005
Engineer (00137758);2/25/2005, Vol. 293 Issue 7669, p26
This article reports that in 1995 off the coast of Newfoundland Captain Ronald Warwick encountered a wave the size of a building. Warwick later said it felt like sailing into the white cliffs of Dover as the wave crashed into the ship. A growing number of researchers and naval architects claim that many of the ships lost to "had weather" may well have been hit by a single monster wave. Calls to engineer ships to cope with rogue waves have gone unheard, however. Professor Wolfgang Rosenthal, Maxwave project leader and one of the WaveAtlas coordinators from GKSS coastal research institute in Germany, said that previous methods of measuring rogue waves relied on eyewitness testimony and the chance that disparate oceanographic buoys might catch one. INSET: WHY DO ROGUE WAVES FORM?.


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