Cruise Ship, Oslo

Navigating ever-larger vessels in confined waterways

The BMT REMBRANDT simulation software excels in supporting operators that are commissioning bigger vessels whilst at the same time moving with the markets and directing their ships into narrow channels and smaller ports.

By providing simulation training, or better still, simulation facilities on the bridge, you can mitigate risks for the bridge crew.  We work with your crew teams responsively to define safety and operational efficiencies.

60 plus cruise ships use our maritime simulators on board.

Image courtesy of Julian Lockett - used with permission

We understand your specific challenge

Cruise ships

Cruise operators know that more passengers will equal higher profit. Today, the largest cruise ships in the world measure roughly 8x the size of vessels 40 years ago.

Due to port restrictions, most giant cruise vessels typically operate in the Caribbean. The region offers the most port destinations able to accommodate them. The largest ships are limited to ports able to accommodate enormous vessels.

We are experienced with both vessel and port operations, which is especially prudent for cruise or port operators that have built their harbours and channels.

Many terminal operators can't grow fast enough to facilitate these ships. Docking logistics constitute a significant deterrent to growth.

We work with many of the world's largest cruise operators to mitigate the risks of navigating and berthing in restricted waterways using the BMT REMBRANDT simulation software.

Image courtesy of Dimitrios Argyros - used with permission

LNG vessels

The number of LNG vessels in operation is directly related to the growing consumption by end-user industries such as manufacturers, refineries and fertiliser plants.  Whilst Australia is the largest exporter; China is a vital contributor to the development and prosperity of the global LNG industry.

Similar to cruise vessels, the size and capacity of LNG vessels have significantly increased over the past 15 years.  Qatargas has, since 2005, pioneered the development of two new classes of LNG carriers, referred to as Q-Flex and Q-Max.  In 2020, to meet the rising demand for clean fuel, China announced a new build LNG carrier of 270,000 cubic metres – the largest vessel on order at that time.

As vessels get more prominent, the bridge crew are forced to navigate pre-existing narrow channels and terminals.  We use BMT REMBRANDT as a training tool and during passage planning to mitigate shallow waters and challenge manoeuvring in various sea states.

Next-generation S-100 ENC Platform Enabled

The new International Hydrographic Office S-100 marine data framework includes provision of ultra-high density dynamic data and associated ENC configurations. REMBRANDT has been upgraded to include both S-57.S-63 and S-100 datasets, including bathymetry, dynamic water levels and surface and dynamic currents. This allows precision e-navigation and under keel clearance management.

  • Evolved product based on feedback from existing customers over >10 years
  • Can be deployed on the bridge / on laptops or in simulator suites
  • Ability to simulate vessel movements for the duration of a voyage during passage planning
  • Multi-view (surface, drone view, subsea/seabed, coastline augmentation, port and harbour operations)
    • Able to model onshore facilities (e.g. cranes) as well as seagoing conditions
    • Detail on the seabed and sea state in a variety of weather conditions
  • Covers class A, B, C and particular purpose: full mission bridge simulation (S)
  • The granular level of simulations and best possible synthetic environment to accurate reflect environments and for delivery of team training
  • Provides all the information to deliver better operational efficiency

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