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In March 2010, the Maritime Simulation and Resource Centre conducted a study fro the Engineering Firm Ausenco Sandwell, using its Class A Navigation Simulator.

This study was designed to evaluate the concept of a new port infrastructure, determine its operating limits and eventually serve as a training tool for ship captains, pilots and terminal operators.

The MSRC therefore developed a geographic database for the site and conducted simulations in order to:

  • evaluate and determine operating limits so as to ensure the safe use of infrastructures, factoring in any activities taking place nearby;
  • determine the number and minimal capacity of tugboats needed to ensure safe and appropriate assistance during escort operations, and berthing and unberthing manoeuvres.

After the project, Captain John Swann wrote to MSRC:

“Just  to convey my personal thanks to you for all your help and considerations during our rather long simulation project. We got through an immense amount of work. I can't remember having completed so much quality work in such a relatively short time at any other simulator.

Your team were outstanding in their individual contributions to the work at hand, not in only carrying out their practical skills but in the comments, observations and recommendations that they provided throughout. Please convey my sincere thanks to all concerned for being so professional, hospitable and making us feel perfectly at home. This made the project so much easier to complete.

Thanks again for everything, I hope to see you all again in the not too distant future at what I consider to be the very best of Ship Simulator centers. I should be happy for you to use me as a reference at any time should you ever require the same, please do not hesitate”.

Well done and thank you so much.

Capt. L.J. (John) Swann MMFG, SNAME
Marine Consultant
Ausenco Sandwell

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