Guidelines for Managing Wake Wash from High-Speed Vessels
The intent of this report is to provide an overview of the
hydrodynamic and physical aspects of high-speed vessel
wake and to provide guidance for its effective management.
This guidance does not prescribe a solution. Rather,
it provides a process that waterway management authorities
and vessel operators can use to develop an appropriate
solution for managing high-speed vessel wake. This guidance
is consistent with the International Maritime
Organization’s (IMO) High-Speed Craft Code (2000)
and may be used to support the development of the route
operational manual required by Regulation 18.2.2 of that
The report does not address other issues associated with
the operation of high-speed vessels that are within the
purview of other organisations (e.g., IMO, the
International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation
and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA)); nor does it address
issues related to vessel design since they are beyond the
expertise of PIANC.
Although these guidelines were developed in response to
concern about the potential impacts of high-speed vessel
wake (see Annex A), they can be used as the basis for
managing potential impacts of wake generated by any vessel.