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Berthing and unberthing manoeuvres at a LNG terminal pier with tugboat assistance

  Location : Saint John, NB, Canada  
  Year : 2012  
  Client : CANAPORT LNG Terminal and Repsol  
  Vessel Type : MOSS Rosenberg and membrane LNG tankers ranging from 138,000 m to QMAX size (266,000 m) assisted by three interactive 65 ton bollard Z-drive tug boats  

CANAPORT LNG used the services of the Maritime Simulation and Resource Centre (MSRC) to determine safe and appropriate procedures for approaching, berthing and unberthing manoeuvres at the LNG terminal pier with tugboat assistance.

Pilots from the Atlantic Pilotage Authority and tugboat captains from Atlantic Towing Ltd. used four bridges of the MSRC navigation simulator to conduct a series of simulations on various types of LNG (QMAX, Moss-Rosenberg and 138 000 cbm) vessels assisted by four 5,000 HP tugboats fitted with azimuthing podded propulsion (Z-drive).

The MSRC developed a geographic database for the site and integrated the currents used for the simulations.



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