Siport21: Nautical Studies in Colombian Ports

Siport21 has shown the nautical studies developed in Colombian Ports (Cartagena, Buenaventura and Aguadulce) during the celebration of the first PIANC Congress in Colombia.

The principal aim of these projects was to support the design of new channels and terminals as well as improve the accessibility of new vessels at their facilities.

The company has carried out studies for optimizing the Bocachica Channel Extension, both in depth and width, to permit the access of larger vessels to the Port.

Furthermore, responding to the request of Terminal de Contenedores de Buenaventura, the access conditions of container vessels from 215 to 367 meters length have been analyzed. For Sociedad Puerto Industrial de Aguadulce, the update of manoeuvring studies and real-time ship simulations were developed for the new terminal under construction.

Siport21 has a wide experience using advanced simulation tools in different studies and cases. In these studies these tools were used to analyze the feasibility of access and operation of new vessels at actual ports, considering nautical aspects (navigation, manoeuvre, safety, mooring, etc.).

In this way, it was possible to verify the applicability of the current nautical regulations (meteorological limits, tide limits, towing requirements, emergency procedures) and the capacity of the facilities and equipment (fenders, bollards, compatibility of the load and access systems, etc.)

For the Colombian cases mentioned before, the analysis has meant the adaptation of the regulations, the upgrade of the equipment, reinforcement of the port structures or the extension of the access channels, terminals and/or construction of new docks.

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