Vessel movement simulation collaboration

Antoine and Ryan (L-R) Antoine Labrosse, CEO at DHI & Ryan Abbott, general manager at Trelleborg’s marine and infrastructure operation – docking and mooring

A new collaboration to enable marine consultants and port owners to more realistically simulate vessel movements in ports aims to increase port efficiency.

AutoMoor, Trelleborg’s rope-free automated mooring system, which uses smart technologies to enable a faster berthing process and improve safety within the port environment, will be integrated into DHI’s MIKE 21 Mooring Analysis Software (MIKE 21 MA) over a five-year period.

The collaboration will mark the first time that analysis models of automated mooring systems have been fully integrated into mooring analysis software that customers of the software can purchase with the models built in. This will allow port operators to analyse the mooring performance of AutoMoor in order to hold a vessel at berth in a given set of environmental and metocean conditions, independently of Trelleborg and with the option to apply it to projects in their own timeframe.

Multiple moveable bodies

Richard Hepworth, president of Trelleborg’s marine and infrastructure operation, commented: “Unlike some mooring analysis software packages which can only model one moveable body alongside a fixed body, MIKE 21 MA models multiple moveable bodies as well as fixed bodies to realistically simulate vessel movements in ports.

“Most consultancies have to use one or two software packages to create the model environment required for the port application simulation. Therefore, we’re delighted to collaborate with DHI and create this consolidated offering which we’ve no doubt will result in significant improvements in port efficiency.”

Timothy James Womersley, team lead development at Danish water environment specialist, DHI, said: “To date, there have been few, if any, standalone mooring analysis software packages available that can accurately simulate automated mooring systems for all mooring scenarios such as vessel-at-berth, passing vessel, long period wave and ship-to-ship.”

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