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AUTHORITIES AND REGULATORS

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.

RISK STUDIES

MARIN has a long history of risk analyses for marine traffic in inland and coastal waters. Our SAMSON model has world’s largest traffic database which can be used for incident investigations but also for Formal Risk Assessments and studies for Offshore wind parks or platforms. Recently MARIN has completed a study for risk of outflow of Hazardous and Noxious Substances in Canada. Our software tool SAMSON provides input for safety and environmental risk assessments. Input of the model is a traffic database of shipping activities in the area. SAMSON includes accident frequency models for collision, grounding, fire/explosions, contacts etc. to determine the accident frequencies. It also includes and impact modules for assessing the consequences of the accidents.

RISK STUDIES

MARIN has a long history of risk analyses for marine traffic in inland and coastal waters. Our SAMSON model has world’s largest traffic database which can be used for incident investigations but also for Formal Risk Assessments and studies for Offshore wind parks or platforms. Recently MARIN has completed a study for risk of outflow of Hazardous and Noxious Substances in Canada. Our software tool SAMSON provides input for safety and environmental risk assessments. Input of the model is a traffic database of shipping activities in the area. SAMSON includes accident frequency models for collision, grounding, fire/explosions, contacts etc. to determine the accident frequencies. It also includes and impact modules for assessing the consequences of the accidents.

TRAFFIC STUDIES

The Automatic Identification System (AIS) is developed as a collision avoidance system for seagoing vessels. An AIS transponder broadcasts both static and dynamic information about the ship and its voyage. Static information includes for example the identity of the ship (MMSI number), type and dimension. Nowadays not only seagoing vessels but also inland vessel has an AIS transmitter onboard. We receive and uses AIS data for various traffic analyses. For example to provide insight into routes and intensities of traffic flows in a certain area, for the registration of passing traffic at a certain location and to visualise traffic density on the North Sea. Such analyses are performed on a regular basis within the network evaluation commissioned by Rijkswaterstaat, but also as input for risk assessment and safety studies.

TRAFFIC STUDIES

The Automatic Identification System (AIS) is developed as a collision avoidance system for seagoing vessels. An AIS transponder broadcasts both static and dynamic information about the ship and its voyage. Static information includes for example the identity of the ship (MMSI number), type and dimension. Nowadays not only seagoing vessels but also inland vessel has an AIS transmitter onboard. We receive and uses AIS data for various traffic analyses. For example to provide insight into routes and intensities of traffic flows in a certain area, for the registration of passing traffic at a certain location and to visualise traffic density on the North Sea. Such analyses are performed on a regular basis within the network evaluation commissioned by Rijkswaterstaat, but also as input for risk assessment and safety studies.

ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION

We perform accident investigations by reconstructing the accident through simulations and / or model test. Prior to simulations all available data is studied and verified. Based upon this data and the manoeuvring characteristics of the vessels involved, We provide an independent opinion on the cause of a maritime accident. Recently we investigated the cause of capsizing of the South Korean ferry Sewol. In the nautical studies high end mathematical manoeuvring models (e.g. vessel, tug or any other floating object) are used for simulation which are well fit for complex hydrodynamic accident investigations. When required, model test can be conducted to reconstruct the accident or to collect the hydrodynamic data to increasing the accuracy of the simulation models.

ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION

We perform accident investigations by reconstructing the accident through simulations and / or model test. Prior to simulations all available data is studied and verified. Based upon this data and the manoeuvring characteristics of the vessels involved, We provide an independent opinion on the cause of a maritime accident. Recently we investigated the cause of capsizing of the South Korean ferry Sewol. In the nautical studies high end mathematical manoeuvring models (e.g. vessel, tug or any other floating object) are used for simulation which are well fit for complex hydrodynamic accident investigations. When required, model test can be conducted to reconstruct the accident or to collect the hydrodynamic data to increasing the accuracy of the simulation models.

VTS TRAINING

We provide simulator training for inland and sea VTS operators. Our VTS simulator is designed to train personnel in handling shore-based ship radio communication services as well as using radar and communication equipment by means of a computer simulation system. The simulator consists of six stations for the instructors/ship-operators, six stations for trainees, one debriefing station and a preparation station. The stations for instructor/ ship operators and trainees are fitted with radar and communication equipment. Remote Pilotage training can also be conducted. To obtain a realistic training environment, geographical maps and environmental data may be entered into the training database. A comprehensive list of possible ships allows instructors to use ships that often sail in a particular region. Training sessions are based on prepared scenarios which are fully interactive. The radar and communication equipment is similar to the equipment the trainee will encounter in reality.

VTS TRAINING

We provide simulator training for inland and sea VTS operators. Our VTS simulator is designed to train personnel in handling shore-based ship radio communication services as well as using radar and communication equipment by means of a computer simulation system. The simulator consists of six stations for the instructors/ship-operators, six stations for trainees, one debriefing station and a preparation station. The stations for instructor/ ship operators and trainees are fitted with radar and communication equipment. Remote Pilotage training can also be conducted. To obtain a realistic training environment, geographical maps and environmental data may be entered into the training database. A comprehensive list of possible ships allows instructors to use ships that often sail in a particular region. Training sessions are based on prepared scenarios which are fully interactive. The radar and communication equipment is similar to the equipment the trainee will encounter in reality.

SHIP DESIGN RULES AND REGULATIONS

We have the perfect facilities and experience to verify compliance of ships with manoeuvring requirements posed by either owners, local governments, classification societies, the IMO or the NATO. The manoeuvring capability of a ship can be predicted by simulations, model tests or using our simulators and it can be measured on full scale. MARIN also supports governments, classification agencies and other market parties to develop policy advice, new design rules and regulations.

SHIP DESIGN RULES AND REGULATIONS

We have the perfect facilities and experience to verify compliance of ships with manoeuvring requirements posed by either owners, local governments, classification societies, the IMO or the NATO. The manoeuvring capability of a ship can be predicted by simulations, model tests or using our simulators and it can be measured on full scale. MARIN also supports governments, classification agencies and other market parties to develop policy advice, new design rules and regulations.