Ships wash in Southampton
A study of ship generated wash
in Southampton Water was undertaken in 1996 which
distinguishes the wash generated between different
types of vessels in defined areas with and without
speed restrictions (ABP Research R495 1995).
Tugs, travelling at up to 12 knots
in the unrestricted area, were observed to create
the greatest wash (because of their high power and
pull in relation to their length when free running).
Jet and Ro-Ro ferries, cruise liners and container
vessels were found to generate less wash despite
some of them travelling at higher speeds.