Gabriele Cotta & Mauro Cerruto
Sponsored: ANGOPI, Assorimorchiatori, BlueSky Technology, FedePiloti, UNIGE
Liophant Simulation Club
Virtual Reality and Harbour Operations
The Liophant Simulation Club has developed a simulation model that reproduces, with precise details, all the
procedures to manage ship operations in harbour environments to guarantee and to optimise safety. The virtual
world created by the model reproduces, in real-time, a large harbour with all the various types of terminals (raw materials,
containers, passengers, etc.).
Each object has been modelled in detail in terms of shape, technical characteristics and operating procedures.
The objects interact in the virtual world in order to reproduce all the operations. With this approach
it possible to
simulate the behaviour of all
the entities in the harbour.
The result of this research is the
construction of a real
In this environment, all
harbour operations can be monitored
- in real-time. Thus,
it is possible to check the procedures
and to control the operations from
each command position/view point:
mooring men on shore or in boats,
the pilot's point of view,
decks on ships, decks on tugboats or aerial views.
This approach can be used
to check and control all the
details involving mooring operations.
Naturally, this is
also a very powerful support tool
for training equipment for
all the Harbour services (mooring men and boatmen,
pilots, tug captains, etc.)
and can reproduce all the conditions relative
to scenarios, wind, interaction with other
ships, etc. This tool can optimise safety
procedures and the package can also help
identify the optimal layouts for
terminals in terms of efficiency.
The simulation proposed includes the operation of a large
bulk carrier (250 m) to be moored at a pier in a
restricted manoeuvring area with shallow bottoms.
Another sample scenario displayed by the model is an
operation to moor one of the latest generation
passenger ships (350 m) with the
auxiliary propellers out of
service. The last example proposes a container carrier
(225 m) to be moored in a large terminal in the internal
area of the harbour.
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