Company Leading Global Initiative to Improve Port Safety
The research investigates the impact of the wash created when ships move in and out of ports. The wash can cause moored ships to come loose. It also affects the safe loading and unloading of vessels, which can lead to dangerous situations particularly during the transfer of oil, gas and hazardous materials.
“In recent years, the size, speed and power of ships have increased dramatically, increasing the size of their wash. The impact of the wash is a serious concern which can result in safety issues, environmental damage and financial loss. Until now, little research has been done on this subject. Our research is identifying the full-effect of a passing ship’s wash and what can be done in terms of port design to mitigate that,” said Marco Pluijm, Bechtel’s senior ports specialist and chair of ROPES.
The research, which began in 2010, is being conducted in multiple phases that have included extensive computer-simulation, scale-model testing, and now full-scale testing in the Port of Rotterdam, Netherlands. The results of the study are due in 2013.
The ROPES group is comprised of approximately 25 members including port authorities, maritime research institute representatives, pilots, linesmen, consultancies, and hardware suppliers. Bechtel is the only engineering and construction company involved in this initiative.
Bechtel has successfully completed more than 80 port and marine projects across the world, 28 of these in the last decade. These include Jubail Port and Industrial City and Khalifa port and Kizad, which has the first semi-automated container terminal in the region.
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