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Saturday 22 August 2020

Passage of Amerigo Vespucci ship in the Navigable Channel


The Commander of Vespucci, Ship Captain Gianfranco Bacchi, expert sailor, on the occasion of the expected arrival of the Unit in the Mar Piccolo in Taranto on August 22, 2020, wanted to transit into the Mar Piccolo under sail, to honor the feat, unique in history, carried out by Admiral Straulino, then Commander of the Vespucci, on May 14, 1965, leaving the Mar Piccolo under full sail.
This undertaking, because it can be defined in this way, mainly requires the right meteo-oceanographic elements, considering that Ship Vespucci can sail only with the wind coming from the aft sectors and which is very affected, due to the structure of the hull and its draft of about 7 m, to the drift effect of the currents along the water column.
To plan the operation, lieutenant commander Ottavio Patulli, Marine Officer, Oceanographic Specialist and Professor of Physical Oceanography at the Naval Academy of Livorno, currently embarked on the Amerigo Vespucci Training Ship for the Training Campaign for Officer Cadets, conducted a statistical analysis on meteorological and oceanographic data recorded in recent years to highlight whether, for the month of August, these could be favorable to the challenge. Therefore, there was the collaboration with the LIC - Coastal Engineering Laboratory of the Polytechnic University of Bari (chief scientific Prof. Michele Mossa), which provided the wind, current and wave data of the two oceanographic in Mar Piccolo and Mar Grande.

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Michele Mossa
Professor of Hydraulics at the
Polytechnic University of Bari
Department of Civil, Environmental, Land, Building Engineering and Chemistry
Via E. Orabona, 4 - 70125 Bari - ITALY


Coastal Engineering Laboratory
Area Universitaria di Valenzano
Strada Provinciale
Valenzano - Casamassima, Km 3, 70010 Valenzano, BARI- ITALY