For any port or marine infrastructure project, there will be multiple nautical issues to be considered. Safe navigation is one of the key enablers of a pollution-free port environment, and safety starts with the awareness of the navigational hazards.
With years of experience in nautical projects, we at Royal HaskoningDHV recognize that the risk of collision or grounding is very high in a confined port. A marine incident can lead to extended delays, environmental catastrophes and shutdowns causing disruption of supply chains and financial losses. That is why we have always focused on reducing the navigation risks by channel design, specifically suited to each project.
Our multi-disciplinary team of experts with over 300 years of combined experience in worldwide projects has been using specially designed tools to simulate the manoeuvring behaviour of vessels. With the most advanced software available today, optional port layouts are analysed to determine the optimum nautical layout for the project.
Navigation simulations verify whether vessel manoeuvres can be performed safely and efficiently, without the use of excessive engine or rudder, after considering the available navigational area and tug capabilities. The simulation results can be used to identify limiting operating conditions, and identify potential optimizations in track, channel width and/or vessel handling. Fast-time and real-time simulations can be carried out depending on the complexity of manoeuvres required in the approach and departure.
Our qualitative and quantitative risk assessments for new and existing marine and offshore projects provides a structured basis to identify hazards and to ensure that risks have been reduced to appropriate levels in a cost-effective manner. Further risk reduction is possible using aids to navigation, vessel traffic management systems and clear operating procedures. We have advised clients successfully in every type of port and across continents.