Knowing how a vessel will behave in certain conditions can help answer many questions, for example; What is the operational window for ship-to-ship transfer?, What size and number of tugs are needed for safe berthing? Will the vessel roll heavily in the forecasted weather? In what conditions can the ship be safely moored? What engine power is required to be on schedule 98% of the time? One way to address these types of questions is to use advanced simulations. At SSPA, we have developed a toolbox, called SEAMAN Simulation, which can provide a solution for the issues above and much more.
As a part of the FAMOS Odin research project, a route optimisation analysis was performed. SSPA presents the results of taking stored AIS tracks and optimising their route geometry as well as their speed to minimise fuel consumption, i.e. to minimise the shallow water resistance experienced by each ship. The results show key changes in traffic patterns, specifically fairway shortcuts that could be taken if there are no safety concerns.
A new research article is published in the journal Marine Policy. This paper provides an overview of how Automatic Identification System (AIS) can be used in different areas of maritime research. AIS data can be incorporated in various types of modelling approaches and play a small or large role as a source of data. AIS data can also be validated or used to validate research from other data sources. The researchers have identified and presents ten different research areas in which AIS is used today. In the future they propose making use of AIS data also in other research fields. Many stakeholders can benefit from the research in which AIS data is used.