Maritime simulation study

Simulation studies for maritime operations

Using a marine navigation simulator to investigate complex piloting and manoeuvring procedures in a simulated environment can enhance maritime operations, improve marine pilot decision-making and reduce risk. Maritime simulation studies can be undertaken for the development of new ports through to manoeuvring large vessels in restricted channels.

Simulation studies for maritime operations

Using a marine navigation simulator to investigate complex piloting and manoeuvring procedures in a simulated environment can enhance maritime operations, improve marine pilot decision-making and reduce risk. Maritime simulation studies can be undertaken for the development of new ports through to manoeuvring large vessels in restricted channels.

Ship simulators use hydrodynamic ship models and bridge simulators for both engineering and training purposes. These virtual vessels with mock-up ship bridges fitted with real consoles and manoeuvring handles navigate virtual replicas of real world waterways or proposed designs of new maritime infrastructure.

Our ship hydrodynamic models are fully calibrated against sea trials, pilot cards and mariners experienced in the navigation of relevant vessels. A wide range of environmental conditions are captured in our simulator including: reduced visibility, day and night settings, wind and current shielding, multi-directional swells and spatially variable current flows. Physical phenomena such as squat, bank effects and ship-to-ship interaction are also modelled.

Testing maritime infrastructure designs

Modelling and simulation offers powerful ways to support a wide range of project planning and operational decision making. This can range from the design of ports, shore-side and offshore terminals through to navigation in restricted channels of ships or offshore platforms. Through testing designs in a virtual reality, developers can optimise the infrastructure against environmental conditions to maximise the utilisation of their proposed development. Maritime simulation studies include:

Complex navigation simulation

Our state of the art ship simulator has been applied to all aspects of ship manoeuvring from full-scale trials, free running and captive model tests to mathematical prediction and simulation. Navigation simulation can be undertaken at our simulation centre or our desktop software. This allows the testing of operational scenarios including emergency response planning, ship handling, tug availability and the impacts of propulsion or steerage equipment failure. Simulating complex navigation can support decisions operational guidelines on:

A typical navigation study will involve:

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