Multipurpose Terminal Port of Souda - Crete Island

Souda bay is located on the northwest coast of Crete. Due to its geographical characteristics it is one of the safest natural harbors in the Mediterranean. The Souda port facilities are located in the southwest of the bay and approximately 13 km from its entrance. Adjacent to and to the east is the naval base of Souda (Souda Naval Base) and to the west are the water sports facilities of Souda municipality.

The aim of the study was to investigate the impact on existing wave disturbance from the construction of the works as proposed in the "Update of Souda Port Master Plan" (April 2008). The effects from the future expansion of the "Adrias" pier and the completion of the Multipurpose Port Terminal were studied.

The wave characteristics that propagate from offshore to the port facilities were calculated employing the numerical model Mike21 NSW of DHI. The waves generated within the bay, were estimated by means of the marine software suite SeaWorks (JONSEY model) of HR Wallingford, assuming (conservately) "deep waters" propagation.

  • 1260x740 m rectangular grid dimension with 20m grid spacing for external works up to the “Adrias” pier and 800x450m grid dimension with 10m grid spacing for the MM Terminal basin.
  • 8 project layouts
  • 3 wind directions, every observed wind intensity above 8 bf per direction (a total of 3 cases per layout)