Simulator will model shipping traffic interaction in ports

Researchers at TU Delft have joined forces with counterparts at the Jiaotong University in Shanghai to develop a traffic simulator for shipping.

Prof Han Ligteringen from TU Delft said that, presently, modelling the traffic in ports remains relatively uncharted territory.

’The simulation models that do exist do not accurately describe interactions between ships. They also fail to correctly predict the course variations of individual ships caused by human factors and changing external conditions,’ he added.

The new simulator, on the other hand, will enable the researchers to accurately predict the behaviour of individual ships and their interactions under varying wind, wave, current, and visibility conditions, according to the researchers at TU Delft.

The co-operation between the Dutch and Chinese will also make it possible for the model to be extensively tested using data from the port of Rotterdam and from the port of Shanghai.

The joint project is part of a programme co-ordinated by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and its Chinese counterpart the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC).

The research will be conducted by the School of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Civil Engineering in Jiaotong and TU Delft’s Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences.