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How to manage ports and waterways by simply using data

As a port authority you’ll probably recognize that external factors like wind, waves, current and passing ships have a huge effect on operations and safety when ships are at berth. What if you could simulate all these effects on forehand? And what if you could have an overview and calculate all ship interactions by using smart data calculating all influences of nature affecting maneuvering and moored ships?

In recent years, many asset-intensive organizations have systematically economized on an operational excellence strategy. Maritime traffic has not suffered from the crisis and its growth curve continues to increase steadily. To meet the increasing demand, owners are increasing the capacity of their vessels. The ports must in turn adapt and modernize to accommodate them. To do this, the Nord-Pas de Calais Region and Europe approved the future extension called the "Calais Port 2015" project. This ambitious program will enable the doubling of the current port, which is already the number one port for car traffic in Europe and the 4th French port for the transport of goods. With this huge mission the Port of Calais, but other ports as well, operate in an extremely dynamic playing field, in which the bar is repeatedly raised. It has become a must to increasingly use and rely on smart data for operational decisions. 

Nautical software programs

Especially for ports and waterways all over the world Arcadis developed a nautical software suite helping port authorities and terminal operators continuously improve their operational excellence and safety. With the use of data, calculations and integrated knowledge all possible scenarios can be simulated.

Arcadis developed, and is still developing, four nautical programs for ports and waterways and is using these in projects all over the world. With the moored ship simulator, the operability and safety of moored ships can be improved by designing and optimizing mooring systems using Dynamic Mooring Analysis. The ship passing model allows for calculating forces, caused by passing vessels on other (sailing or moored) vessels to determine safe passing distances and speeds. The ship channel model is developed for the probabilistic determination of the minimum required under keel clearance of maneuvering ships to reduce dredging requirements. And the navigation suite is one of the data centered programs, which is a real- and fast-time ship maneuvering simulator to optimize and validate the nautical design of ports and waterways.

Our nautical software has a track record of over 20 years, being continuously developed and maintained at a state-of-the-art level. We see this as an essential task in order to be able to supply high-level specialist advice in the area of water related infrastructure and management. 

Cost and time reduction

The ports are highly appreciating these programs as they for example reduce downtime in cargo handling operations, caused by large ship motions, as well as damage to the mooring system due to large loads endangering ship’s and terminal personnel. Using these programs optimizing the mooring system is a cost-effective measure to improve safety and minimize operational downtime. All our projects benefit from the nautical programs. 

Do you want to use the programs in-house? That is possible as well. Please contact us for more information.

SHIP-Channel: probabilistic determination of the channel depth
SHIP-Channel: optimizing channel depth to reduce dredging requirements
SHIP-Moorings: simulating the dynamic behavior of moored ship(s)
SHIP-Moorings: improving mooring safety and reducing operational downtime
SHIP-Navigator: 2D and 3D real- and fast-time ship maneuvering simulator
SHIP-Navigator: optimizing port and waterway design to reduce cost and improve operability and safety
SHIP-Passing: determination of interaction forces between sailing ships
SHIP-Passing: determination of passing ship forces on moored ships

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