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Infrastructure

Infrastructure

The availability of infrastructure, such as ports and waterways, is a basic requirement for economic development. By drawing up advisory reports, we contribute to the design and implementation of civil engineering projects, for instance for ports, tunnels, bridges and waterways. Shipping safety plays an important role in this respect.

SAFER, SMARTER AND SUSTAINABLE INFRASTRUCTURE

MARIN offers support in this area by combining model trials, simulations and risk models. Important activities in this respect include advisory reports in relation to the design and operation of ports and waterways. We also offer support to marine contractors (dredging, offshore installation) for the installation work of infrastructure, for instance by development and training of installation procedures. Next to that we contribute to the design of vessels required to build the infrastructure (dredges, crane vessels, tugs).

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Johan Dekker

Project Manager

PRODUCTS & SERVICES

PORT AND CHANNEL DESIGN STUDIES

Port and channel design is often a balance between different aspects, such as dredging, siltation, costs and operational aspects. For MARIN the focus is on ship handling and maritime engineering in order to design port and waterways to a desired level of navigability and safety. This requires the assessment of a number of key elements, including vessel size and behaviour, human factors in ship handling and effects of the physical environment.

PORT AND CHANNEL DESIGN STUDIES

Port and channel design is often a balance between different aspects, such as dredging, siltation, costs and operational aspects. For MARIN the focus is on ship handling and maritime engineering in order to design port and waterways to a desired level of navigability and safety. This requires the assessment of a number of key elements, including vessel size and behaviour, human factors in ship handling and effects of the physical environment.

OPERATIONAL PROCEDURES AND WEATHER WINDOWS

On a calm day any operation may be feasible, but what are the limits for wind, waves, current and water level under which it is still safe? And what are the tug requirements under these conditions? MARIN’s real time simulators are a perfect tool to verify and optimise operational procedures and establish the metocean limits for various operations.

OPERATIONAL PROCEDURES AND WEATHER WINDOWS

On a calm day any operation may be feasible, but what are the limits for wind, waves, current and water level under which it is still safe? And what are the tug requirements under these conditions? MARIN’s real time simulators are a perfect tool to verify and optimise operational procedures and establish the metocean limits for various operations.

SAFETY ASSESSMENT

What are the risks of a new LNG terminal on the overall safety in a port? What are the safety consequences of using hydrogen for the propulsion of vessels? What is the impact of new offshore windfarms on the safety of shipping? To answer these questions we follow the Formal Safety Assessment (FSA) methodology. This is a rational and systematic process for assessing risks and to evaluate mitigating measures.

SAFETY ASSESSMENT

What are the risks of a new LNG terminal on the overall safety in a port? What are the safety consequences of using hydrogen for the propulsion of vessels? What is the impact of new offshore windfarms on the safety of shipping? To answer these questions we follow the Formal Safety Assessment (FSA) methodology. This is a rational and systematic process for assessing risks and to evaluate mitigating measures.

TRAINING | CAPTAINS, PILOTS AND TUG MASTERS

We provide simulator trainings for the maritime professional world, i.e. pilots, ship officers, tug masters and offshore personnel. The trainings are dedicated trainings tailor made to the client wishes, focusing on specific required aspects. During the trainings instructors operate the simulator(s) and (de)brief the participants. The instructors are carefully chosen for a project on experience and type of simulation. The MARIN instructors have all proven themselves at sea as Master Mariners.

TRAINING | CAPTAINS, PILOTS AND TUG MASTERS

We provide simulator trainings for the maritime professional world, i.e. pilots, ship officers, tug masters and offshore personnel. The trainings are dedicated trainings tailor made to the client wishes, focusing on specific required aspects. During the trainings instructors operate the simulator(s) and (de)brief the participants. The instructors are carefully chosen for a project on experience and type of simulation. The MARIN instructors have all proven themselves at sea as Master Mariners.

CAPACITY STUDIES

What is the effect of climate change – for instance extreme high or low water - on shipping? What is the effect of vessels platooning on rivers on the overall transport capacity? How is the effectiveness of shipping influence by the construction of a new bridge or lock? We have developed dedicated simulation tools to study the transport capacity of waterways.

CAPACITY STUDIES

What is the effect of climate change – for instance extreme high or low water - on shipping? What is the effect of vessels platooning on rivers on the overall transport capacity? How is the effectiveness of shipping influence by the construction of a new bridge or lock? We have developed dedicated simulation tools to study the transport capacity of waterways.

SHIP CONCEPTs, OPTIMISATION AND PERFORMANCE VERIFICATION

A broad range of vessels are used for building or operating infrastructures: dredgers, escorting tugs, harbour and anchor handling vessels, pilot ships and rock-dumping vessels. The fact that these vessels need to operate in shallow water and have a wide range of payload make them very challenging to design and to operate. We have the right tools and experimental facilities to help you making the right choice based on functional requirements, mission statement or operational profile.

SHIP CONCEPTs, OPTIMISATION AND PERFORMANCE VERIFICATION

A broad range of vessels are used for building or operating infrastructures: dredgers, escorting tugs, harbour and anchor handling vessels, pilot ships and rock-dumping vessels. The fact that these vessels need to operate in shallow water and have a wide range of payload make them very challenging to design and to operate. We have the right tools and experimental facilities to help you making the right choice based on functional requirements, mission statement or operational profile.
Jips & Networks
Joint Industry Project
Windlass

Running

Through this JIP we want to better understand 3-D wind fields in exposed ports and waterways to develop a wind load prediction tool.
Joint Industry Project
hawa-III

Initiative

The objective of the HAWA-III JIP is to validate the overall design methodology of nearshore terminals based on model scale and full scale ...
Joint Industry Project
Bollard Pull

Running

Tugs, anchor handlers, suppliers but also other offshore vessels are designed to deliver a large pulling force at low speed. This key performance is ...

Markets

Markets

Life at Sea

The sea is increasingly being regarded as a location for energy generation, food production and possible living at sea. MARIN uses high-quality hydrodynamic research to support the development of floating airports, ports, energy islands and fish and seaweed farming.

Oil and Gas

During the transition to sustainable energy, oil and gas remain essential parts of our energy mix. Using our knowledge and unique facilities, MARIN contributes to improving concepts and making operations for oil and gas extraction at sea safer.

Transport And Shipping

About 90% of international trade is transported by sea. By combining our hydrodynamic and nautical expertise with knowledge of propulsion systems and of logistic and operational aspects we make transport by water cleaner, smarter and safer.

Defence

As tensions increase across the world, protection at sea is becoming ever more important. Beyond the core defence tasks, this also includes providing adequate search and rescue capability, refugee assistance and efficient customs and border patrol. MARIN operates as an independent party on the international market, cooperating with partners such as the Royal Netherlands Navy. We support the development and implementation of complex platforms and missions at sea in realistic conditions.

Renewables

The sea is becoming increasingly important for sustainable energy generation. MARIN has considerable knowledge about the behaviour of vessels and structures at sea. This enables us to contribute to efficient and sustainable solutions for (floating) wind power, floating solar panels and energy generation from tidal flows, waves and temperature differences.

Passengers and Yachting

Yacht owners, passengers and crew of luxury cruise ships and ferries are demanding ever higher standards of comfort, user convenience and luxury on board. MARIN aims to make their stay at sea as sustainable, comfortable and safe as possible.

Infrastructure

The availability of infrastructure, such as ports and waterways, is a basic requirement for economic development. By drawing up advisory reports, we contribute to the design and implementation of civil engineering projects, for instance for ports, tunnels, bridges and waterways. Shipping safety plays an important role in this respect.

Marine Systems

Clean, smart and safe maritime operations demand sustainable solutions. As well as research into complete vessels and structures, we contribute to improving sub-systems, such as innovative propulsion, steering and stabilisation systems.

Authorities and Regulators

Safe and sustainable marine operations require clear agreements and regulations. As an independent party, MARIN works together with governments, classification agencies and other market parties to develop policy advice and assess practical guidelines.