Ship simulations to aid maritime navigation and port design

Our risk-free, accurate and reliable simulations of ship handling, convenience and mooring help port design, port access operations assessment, navigation risk analysis and crew training.

Contact Us

Key contact

Phil Thompson

Regional Managing Director

Phil Thompson

Regional Managing Director

Fareham, United Kingdom

+44 (0)1489 889 260 coastal@bmtglobal.com

Europe / UK

Mark Wilson

Operations Manager - BMT REMBRANDT

Mark Wilson

Operations Manager - BMT REMBRANDT

Fareham, United Kingdom

+44 (0)1489 889260 coastal@bmtglobal.com

Vessel simulator systems

Our simulation software is the benchmark simulator for fluid dynamics accuracy and provides a realistic experience of larger vessels to support safe operating procedures.

From design and evaluation studies to marine incident investigation and bespoke training for maritime professionals, our REMBRANDT ship and manoeuvring simulator continue to lead the market.

Our mission bridge simulator complex near Southampton, UK, is fully equipped to provide exceptional marine consultancy and detailed incident investigations for litigation, as well as bespoke training courses designed to meet the needs of your maritime professionals.


Collision Investigation

We simulate collisions using our REMBRANDT 3D software, which provides realistic physical and human behaviour scenarios. Using accurate simulations of specific vessel hulls, we can consider the impact of the marine environment, such as visibility, wind, wave height and current.

Produce meaningful 3-D recreations of marine incidents. We can create custom ship models for use in a wide range of simulation investigations.


Risk mitigation

We help to identify, assess, and focus on risk mitigation in a safe and controlled environment.

Reducing risk is vital for new developments or reviewing existing operations. That’s why we’ve worked hard to build a market-leading reputation for fluid dynamics accuracy and flexibility that helps:

  • Port authorities to help develop safe operating procedures.
  • Limit design errors and avoidance of costly design mistakes or re-building expenses
  • Address shortages of skilled, well-trained pilots
  • Determine safe operating windows

Port Planning

We provide accurate simulations to help plan new maritime terminals or the extension of existing facilities.

Ports need to handle more and larger vessels to meet the demands of the modern shipping industry.

Port construction and development require significant capital investment but risk losing business while work is underway. Thankfully, the right design can help limit both construction costs and any reductions in operating capacity.

We can provide accurate simulations for port design and operations, and we can model new vessels and ports to help you evaluate your requirements and determine your optimum specifications.

Mooring analysis

The dynamics of ships within different mooring systems need thorough analysis to safeguard vessels and their operations when berthed.

We can identify the best analysis tool to predict motions and loads for any berth with our extensive knowledge of different mooring systems. We combine practical knowledge with a thorough understanding of the physics behind each model to identify optimum operations and convenience.

Every berth has its challenges, from long-wave resonance issues to optimising the available mooring and passing ship criteria. Before beginning the analysis, we first map out a terminal’s requirements and boundary conditions. A numerical study of the ship’s behaviour identifies any limiting situations, pinpointing and assessing the weakest link.

Using detailed numerical modelling, we have supported mooring design and operations assessment studies for LNG terminals; improved up-time for coal barges in exposed locations via spread mooring systems and a fixed drop-loader; defined limiting wave penetration in a port in line with breakwater requirements; assessed line failure events at LNG terminals behind detached breakwaters; specified passing ship regulations to safeguard moored ships; supported fluid dynamic loads under tsunami impacts on vessels in sheltered areas; we support practical economics and help enhance optimal layout planning by suggesting better mooring alternatives and terminal improvements.

Models we use to plan and design ports and terminals and to analyse areas of failure include:

  • ANSYS AQWA - Advanced 'six degrees of freedom' fluid dynamics and time-domain mooring package.
  • REMBRANDT DMA (Dynamic Mooring Analysis) - BMT moorings software for assessing how vessels react to different environmental conditions.
  • OPTIMOOR Mooring Analysis Software - for fast project time and quick assessments.
  • Desk studies for conceptual tests and practical judgement

Each of these models can easily be linked to our met ocean services for any location in the world.