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Neo-PanamaxContainership First Narrows Transit - Centerm Berthing

  Location : Port of Vancouver First Narrows  
  Year : 2016  
  Client : Port of Vancouver  
  Vessel Type : Neo-Panamax & Ultra-Large Containers  
  Centerm expansion project team have requested the services of the Maritime Simulation and Resource Centre (MSRC) to conduct a prelimanary analysis to determine the feasibility of transiting Neo-Panamax design ship through First Narrows in order to call on Centerm.

The primary objective of the simulated manoeuvres was to determine if a Neo-Panamax vessel could be safely transited through Frist Narrows given the existing limitations of the channel with respect to width and depht. Secondary goals included:
  • Conducting a prelimanary assessment as to whether transit restrictions would need to be imposed due to tidal steam velocity;
  • If navigational risk would be mitigated through the use of tug escort; and
  • If berthing operations could be conducted in a safe manner.
The study was conducted on MSRC's Class "A", DNV approved, Full Mission Simulator by an experienced BCCP's pilot, on ship models developed by MSRC's own expert team:
  • Quebec Endeavour, a Neo-Panamax Container:  366.5m x 48m x 14.5m
  • Hydrus, an Ultra-Large Container:                        350m x 43m x 12.2m
 MSRC's own database development team modified their high-fidelity 3D geographical area model to include the new dock and the proposed bottom dredging work.

Dynamic water flow predictions, including the vertical height of tide as well as current direction and velocity values (at 9 different horizontal levels of dephts and a 25-metre gris spacing) were used.


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