Port Studies

port studies

Port Studies

Bigger ships, port developments, jetty clearance, new itineraries, these developments all require a thorough risk assessment and not just a table top exercise!

Port Studies

Management of Change requires different steps to come to a solid solution in order to guarantee operational safety after the changes. Modern techniques allow the industry to determine all risks that can occur with a specific change. For instance, this can be clearance of a specific jetty and setting the operational limits, or a new ship operating in a relatively small channel with challenging conditions.

Simwave’s applied research team consists of different specialists, among whom are:

  1. Mathematical Modelers
    Our mathematical modeling team builds ships in six degrees of freedom:
    Translational motion: surge, sway, heave
    Rotational motion: roll, pitch, yaw
    We build a complete digital twin of your ship including hydrostatics, hydrodynamics, aerodynamics, ship-to-ship interaction, banking effects, squat, mooring, anchor handling, cranes, ballasting, power management, mechanical equipment etc.
  2. Visual Database Team
    Our 3D visual database team is responsible for the visuals of a specific ship as well as for the visuals of the sailing area, e.g. a port. All details above and under water are taken care off.
  3. ENCs developer
    We can produce the Electronic navigation charts (ENCs) for specific areas, including the imaginary ones.
  4. Subject Matter Experts
    Our navigational team consists of different experts, such as Pilots, Masters, Tug boat masters etc. They all bring their own expertise and as a team take into account all circumstances.



port studiesFor a proper study the following differentials are important to describe the motion of a ship:

  1. Inertia Forces – Inertia mass and Coriolis forces of ship
  2. Hydrodynamics Forces – Inertia mass and Coriolis forces and damping
  3. Hydrostatic Forces – Restoring and buoyancy
  4. Aerodynamics Forces – Wind forces
  5. Environmental Forces – Current, wind, waves, banks, other external forces
  6. Mooring and Anchoring – Forces created by mooring lines, anchors, fenders
  7. Propulsion and Steering – Forces generated by propellers, thrusters and steering devices


Simwave & Port Studies in 2019

Our team conducted the following categories of studies in 2019:

  1. Feasibility study for a new terminal, fairway including dredging requirements;
  2. Safety study for the safe passage of a channel, turning basin including recommendation for operational limits and risk analysis;
  3. Dynamic mooring analysis for a terminal including mooring arrangements and fenders to receive larger ships, including recommendations for mooring plans;
  4. Operational Study to determine the number of tug boats needed for a newly developed terminal (code of practice)
  5. Incident investigation to determine the root cause of an incident