Waterway

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from Waterways)
Jump to: navigation, search
"Waterways" redirects here. For other uses, see Waterways (disambiguation).
A floating market on one of Thailand's waterways

A waterway is any navigable body of water. A shipping route consists of one or several waterways. Waterways can include rivers, lakes, seas, oceans, and canals. In order for a waterway to be navigable, it must meet several criteria:

  • The waterway must be deep enough to allow the draft depth of the vessels using it;
  • The waterway must be wide enough to allow passage for the beam width of the vessels using it;
  • The waterway must be free of barriers to navigation such as waterfalls and rapids, or have a way around them (such as canal locks, boat lifts,etc);
  • The current of the waterway must be mild enough to allow vessels to make headway.

Vessels using waterways vary from small animal-drawn barges to immense ocean tankers and ocean liners, such as cruise ships.

See also[edit]

A European network of waterways.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Waterways at Wikimedia Commons