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Vessel Manoeuvring Simulation Studies

Simulation tools are capable of providing realistic and accurate inputs to the design of ports and approach channels.
The purpose of simulation is to identify and mitigate the risks for the mariner operating in a specific waterway, channel and port area. It also includes the placement and technical specification of manoeuvring aspects.

Modelling of port environments

Software will be used to model the new proposed port or an existing port which includes the channel alignment and depths, position of navigational buoys, alignment of berths, terrain including coastline and topography, and shore features such as buildings and prominent structures. The extent of features added to the port environment can be planned based on the study duration and client budget.

Modelling of vessels

A client-specific vessel design can be modeled to assess the safe manoeuvrability in the port approaches and off the berth.


Our ship captains with years of experience in handling of various types of vessels will manoeuvre the selected vessel models through the channel and berth approach multiple times. The operational limits will be defined, which permit the vessel to manoeuvre safely with or without tug assistance, and also allow sufficient controlling options for unforeseen circumstances.

Site environment conditions such as currents and winds can be varied as per the range of conditions that may be encountered at the site. The limiting weather conditions for safe vessel arrival and departure can be defined.

The runs can be subsequently replayed and analyzed. We can then recommend modifications to the channel alignment, turning circle or berth layout based on the outcome of the simulations, and the simulations can be re-run in the revised layout.

Training of pilots

Pilots can be familiarized with the new port layout using the port and vessel models in varying environmental conditions prior direct exposure to the real-world scenario.