Port Approach Operability

Port Design, Feasibility and Operability

BMT Ship & Coastal Dynamics has expert knowledge of ship manoeuvrability, tug operations and wave conditions in ports. We are the partner of choice when planning new maritime terminals or extending existing facilities.

Ports are increasingly required to accommodate larger ships than those for which they were originally designed. This poses a challenge for terminal access, and for the space needed for manoeuvring and berthing these vessels.

We are experts in all aspects of ship manoeuvrability, tug operations and wave conditions in ports. Our specialists understand that designing access channels and turning circles involves a compromise between dredging costs and nautical requirements. By providing arrival, departure and risk assessments we can not only determine feasibility and operability but also help to reduce significantly the development costs. 

This expertise makes us a valuable specialist partner when planning new maritime terminals or extending existing facilities. Our services include: 

  • Determining the required horizontal access channels, depth and manoeuvring area dimensions
  • Assessing  access channel and manoeuvring area dimensions and orientation with our  real-time simulation software, REMBRANDT
  • Analysing extreme values to determine design conditions for quay walls, jetties and breakwaters
  • Specification of tug requirements and NAVAIDS
  • Establishing  general water level, wind, wave and current statistics for  maritime terminal operations, including downtime predictions
  • Wave penetration studies to determine the wave conditions inside a port
  • Shallow water bathymetry assessment based on satellite images – more  efficient and cheaper than conventional surveys