Protect Your ShorelineIf you need to protect your shoreline from excessive waves, then a breakwater or other erosion control system may be your solution. Our marine construction professionals can visit your location, examine the environment and let you know exactly what sort of breakwater you need.
Breakwaters are structures that are generally built parallel to the shore in order to "break" the waves up and prevent their energy from crashing onto the shore. Depending on tides, waves, and wind you often see them built perpendicular to the shoreline as well.
Reduce Wave IntensityWe can custom design and build a breakwater just for you that will reduce wave intensity, reduce shore erosion and provide a safe harbor where necessary.
Your breakwater can be designed for protection of a gently sloping beach and can be placed from one feet to several hundred of feet offshore in moderately shallow water. When placed on the shore, or extremely close to it, the breakwater is referred to a "seawall".
Different types of breakwater structures include:
On a side note, for a some navel history on minesweeping ship called Breakwater from the early 1900's, click here.
- Headland Breakwaters: A series of breakwaters “attached” to the shoreline, built at an angle towards the direction of the dominant wave approach. This causes the shoreline to take on a spiral formation.
- Detached Breakwaters: These breakwaters are constructed away from the shoreline, generally only a short distance offshore.
- Single Breakwaters: Depending on what it is protecting, a single breakwater could be attached or detached. If it is detached, it can protect a small section of the shoreline, whereas single attached breakwaters can be longer, designed to protect marinas and harbors from damaging waves.
- System Breakwaters: As the name implies, this type of breakwater involves a system of multiple detached offshore breakwaters that cover an extensive section of the shoreline.
Galveston, TX seawall photo by M. Fitzpatrick at http://blog.ucsusa.org/talking-about-sea-level-rise-leading-scientists-meet-in-galveston-texas-114