Can you introduce the Port of Calais expansion project?
The extension of the Port of Calais, which started in 2015, will be constructed to the north of the existing port. It consists of several maritime works including a 3.3 km long breakwater, a harbor basin, an approach channel and several ferry piers. Arcadis leads the engineering work from the final to the detailed design and performs site supervision during construction.
What led you to use the maritime simulator in this project?
For supporting the design and operations of the planned ferry terminal, several nautical studies were carried out to evaluate the feasibility and safety of arrival, (de-)berthing and departure of the ferries in extreme (wind) conditions.
What problems were you trying to solve with a maritime simulator?
Optimization of the design from a nautical point of view reduces capital and operational costs and at the same time it improves efficiency and minimizes the risk of accidents.
In more detail we were:
- Evaluating and optimizing the preliminary layout of the maneuvering areas (approach channel, port basin, turning circles and berthing areas), as well as establishing the limiting conditions for safe maneuvering.
- Establishing the final nautical layout and performing the validation of this layout (maneuvering spaces, safety of maneuvers and required sailing times).
- Assessing the possibilities of simultaneous maneuvers of ships in the port.