A survey to assess the current and future usage of timber in British port structures
G S Sawyer, S E M Plaster
Port engineers responsible for 30 British ports were surveyed by questionnaire or interview to establish current and prospective usage of timber in those ports. The ports surveyed account for about 25% of total cargo handled annually in Britain and being located all around the British mainland, were considered to form a representative sample. The survey identified the hardwoods and softwoods in use for various applications in port structures, the criteria for selecting materials for these structures, the materials considered most suitable for piles and fenders and the types of preservative specified. Additional data was collected on the current condition of structures, incidence of marine borers, experience and training of port engineers and their attitude towards timber.