BMT will be engineering, procuring, installing and commissioning a purpose built simulation facility to be located in Houston, Texas, for the purpose of training tug captains and other marine personnel involved with the inshore towing of the platforms from the Ingleside integration yards.
The inshore tows are particularly challenging because of the extremely small hull clearances within the shipping channels leading from the yards out to the gulf.
Up to five independently controlled tug boats will be effectively, rigidly coupled to the hull to perform the 15 mile wet-tows.
BMT's REMBRANDT real time manoeuvring training software will be the basis of the simulator.
The simulator will provide a realistic hands-on facility for tug captains to develop safe operating strategies for the tow and develop rational weather and tide operating limits.
The delivery of the project relies heavily on BMT's extensive experience with shallow water hydrodynamics, manoeuvring simulation, hydrodynamic model testing and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD).
A comprehensive experimental and numerical study of the manoeuvring characteristics will be performed initially, followed by integration of the data into, and customisation of the REMBRANDT simulator.
BMT has unique experience in providing valuable expert knowledge and support to the project having successfully provided towing simulation services for the inshore shallow water towing campaigns of BP's Thunderhorse and Atlantis semi-submersibles through the same channels.
For general enquiries relating to Tow Simulation Services, please contact Mark Wilson
Operations Manager – REMBRANDT
BMT Ship & Coastal Dynamics