Application of Real-Time Simulation in Design of Panama Amador Cruise Terminal Project
- Chao Wang (CCCC Second Harbour Engineering Company Ltd.) | Zhao Luo (CCCC Second Harbour Engineering Company Ltd.) | Hong-Xing Lin (CCCC Second Harbour Engineering Company Ltd.)
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- International Society of Offshore and Polar Engineers
- The 29th International Ocean and Polar Engineering Conference, 16-21 June, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
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- Document Type
- Conference Paper
- 2019. International Society of Offshore and Polar Engineers
- Optimization, Dredging, Harbour, Ship Manoeuvring Simulator
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The proper dimensions of the navigable area for vessels is very important. One it needs to balance the safety of the ship and the economics of construction, in particular for a cruise terminal. In this paper, we have applied a ship manoeuvring simulator MERMAID 500 (DNV-GL approved) to verify and optimize the proposed layout in the Panama Amador Cruise Terminal Project. Required safety includes ship operations in manoeuvring areas which permit the safe access and departure manoeuvres of the design vessel to about 90% of the original design area.
Approach channel, turning area and berthing basin, normally are designed by codes and guidlines, which is reasonable in most circumstances. However, the design may require to dredge some corners which the design ship never sails.
A “Home Port” type of cruise terminal is developed at the entrance of the Panama Canal. The project includes the study, design, development, approval of plans and construction of the Amador Cruise Terminal and the Environmental Impact Study required to be carried out in the project, as well as the supply of furniture, tools, equipment and materials necessary for the subsequent operation of the terminal. The project can be divided into three parts: water area (harbor basin and approach channel), port operation area, and land area. The project is located in Isla Perico, Calzada de Amador, Panama City, Panama. The location of the project is shown below in Fig. 1.
The preliminary design has an approach channel connecting open waters to a turning area in front of the berthing area where the jetty is located. The terminal has been initially designed as a single jetty with two berths (Phase I) to receive cruise vessels up to Oasis Class size. The real-time simulation study reproduces the behaviour of a specific ship while manoeuvring in port areas under the influence of the environmental forces. It can verify horizontal dimensions for all navigable areas. In this paper, we have applied the Siport21’s Real-Time Manoeuvring Simulator developed by MARIN-MSCN (DNV-GL approved) to verify and optimize the proposed layout.
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