Simulation of ship handling in a port area is one of the areas of specialised study the Industry Division offers to support development and authorisation of new port projects.
This activity is conducted using a real time manoeuvre simulator with several purposes. The models developed permit virtual representation of the 3D views from the bridge, from the point of view of the captain performing the manoeuvre, and can be used to train the personnel who will be involved (pilots, tugboat operators) and allow them to familiarise themselves with the problems involved in standard and emergency manoeuvres.
These models serve also to define the number, type and power of tugboats required to perform these manoeuvres. Moreover it is possible to assess the consequences of a particular fault for key components such as the rudder, engine, tugboats and thrusters.
These manoeuvres are typically performed under weather and sea conditions that, while falling within the limits on operation for the terminals in question, offer the most difficult manoeuvring conditions possible.
Finally RINA can also develop models for studying the motion of ships moored (sea-keeping) and defining the best strategy for approaching/coming alongside and mooring.