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Damage done by a rogue wave
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- Title Damage done by a rogue wave
- Released 18/06/2004 10:21 am
- Copyright Image courtesy of H.Gunther and W.Rosenthal
Rogue waves are most common in the Agulhas current off the east coast of South Africa, with numerous well documented cases of extreme individual waves, including some striking photographs of damaged ships.
Here is shown bow damage received by Norwegian tanker Wilstar in 1974: the combination of pitch motion and a steep incoming wave can cause excessive local structural damage. One of the aims of rogue wave research is to recommend changes in ship design to make them less vulnerable in future.