In designing and operating a smart port, there are many complex factors that need careful consideration.

One of the most useful decision-making tools is simulation – an approach that we regularly adopt for clients in the maritime sector.

What is simulation?

Simulation is the imitation of a real-life system, based on a series of assumptions about how its individual parts will behave under a certain set of conditions.

It can be adopted in a wide range of port scenarios, from analysing marine transport logistics and vessel traffic movements to quay capacity and the efficiency of terminal operations.

Applying simulation as a decision-making tool

For a smart port, simulation is an ideal way to take stock of the vast array of data that the port collects. It brings static information in spreadsheets to life, illustrating future or potential performance over hours, days, weeks or months.

We have worked with port clients to construct full logistics chain models, focusing on both marine transport and terminal operations, to help plan for the future. Here, simulations have identified potential bottlenecks and knock-on effects, leading to appropriate planning for new equipment, operational changes and infrastructure upgrades.

Our simulations have also informed the design of new terminal layout concepts and helped to de-risk operations, by testing hypothetical situations such as future vessel traffic growth, extreme weather conditions, construction activities and equipment failure.

Speak to our team today to understand how simulation could benefit operations.