Ports & Harbours Consulting
We offer a comprehensive range of services to the ports and harbours sector providing advice on issues such as marine risk, marine operations, mooring and fendering systems, vessel manoeuvring and scheduling, as well as offering due diligence services and expert opinion services on unsafe berth and unsafe port cases.
Our Marine Risk services include:
- Chairing and facilitating marine HAZIDs
- Quantitative Risk Analysis assessing the frequency and consequence of:
- Dropped objects
- Anchors striking pipelines and subsea cables
- Cost Benefit Studies
Moorings and fendering
We undertake detailed mooring and berthing analysis of vessels to optimise mooring patterns and fendering arrangements and identify limiting environmental conditions for specific berths. We also assess passing vessel effects and provide guidance on minimum separation distances and speed limitations.
Port capacity studies and operational simulation
Using our software routines we model existing and future traffic flows to predict port capacity and berth utilisations and to assess the effects on marine traffic of proposed modifications such as the introduction of new berths, vessel types or navigation rules (e.g. the introduction of one way traffic, speed limitations).
We undertake fast time and real time manoeuvring studies to identify arrival and departure environmental limits and tug requirements. We also offer pilot training services using a full mission simulator.
Unsafe berths and unsafe ports
We routinely act on unsafe berth and unsafe port disputes offering guidance on the suitability of a berth’s arrangements for a particular ship and on the suitability of a port’s s operational procedures, pilotage arrangements, VTS etc
Our design support services include; assisting designers with port and berth developments covering aspects such as mooring and fendering arrangements, channel and turning circle design, manoeuvring analysis and operational simulation.
Technical Due Diligence
We undertake technical due diligence studies on behalf of port financiers covering aspects such as feasibility assessments, risk assessment, competency reviews, operating and maintenance procedure reviews, emergency planning reviews etc.
Marine incidents and expert opinion
Our multi-discipline team routinely undertake investigations of marine incidents such as groundings, collisions and allisions as well as providing expert opinion services for court hearings, arbitrations and mediations. Using our sophisticated in-house software tools we analyse VDR, AIS and ECDIS data to recreate the incidents using 3D animations.
Specialist Forensic Consultancy
We have a wide range of associates who assist in the provision of specialist services on our consulting projects. These skills & specialisms include;
- Post Harvest Foodstuff Analysis & Investigation
- Forensic Materials Testing
- Fuel Analysis
BRAEVURA© Risk Analysis, Operational Simulation and Incident Investigation
BRAEVURA© is a dual purpose risk and operational simulation software package developed by BRAEMAR. The innovative modular setup gives the tool a unique ability to perform both risk analysis and operational simulation within a single model, thereby reducing study costs. BRAEVURA© incorporates the latest technology that provides exceptionally fast runtime and very high quality animations.
Risk analysis – BRAEVURA© uses AIS data to model shipping traffic in a waterway. BRAEVURA© is used to analyse both present scenarios and future scenarios, to investigate how the introduction of, for example, a berth or a wind farm will affect the navigational risk. Various vessel routes, categories, drafts and sizes can be modelled for a given study area. Ship to ship encounters are identified by area and by traffic routes and presented on a navigational chart to show high and low density areas and risk hotspots.
Grounding risk analysis is undertaken using Monte Carlo simulation techniques which perform several thousand iterations so that the probability distribution of Closest Point of Approach (CPA) to the structure of interest can be determined. The distribution of impact energies is also calculated to assist with the efficient design of structures.
The key modelling and analysis features of BRAEVURA© risk analysis are:
- Ship to ship collision risk
- Ship to fixed structure allision risk
- Grounding risk
- Use of AIS data
- Vessel routes and volumes
- Present and future cases
- Onscreen animation of encounters
- Analysis of vessel drift behavior
- Risk to fixed structures, moored vessels, pipelines and subsea cables
- Modelling engine failures, steering failures and human error
- Anchor and anchor deployment modelling
- Incident investigation to identify parameters such as speed, heading and course
Operational Simulation – The modular setup of BRAEVURA© allows operational simulation to be undertaken either as a separate analysis or as an extension of a risk assessment, thereby minimizing modelling costs.
The need for operational efficiency is a key area to reduce costs in both the port and offshore environments and BRAEVURA© has been specifically developed to analyse and identify areas where downtime and vessel delays can be reduced by improved scheduling of vessels. BRAEVURA© can also be used to identify the optimum capacity of port resources such as crane loading rates, pumping rates, optimum shore tank capacity and the number of tugs required.
BRAEVURA© adds significant value to new projects by enabling strategic investment decisions to be made.
Ports & Harbours contact
For any enquiries relating to Ports & Harbours, please contact Tim Lewis, Director, Ports & Harbours.
We work closely with P&I FD&D teams to provide technical support and opinion in the event of a dispute.