Maritime student using the 360 degree ship simulator.

Research and consultancy

LJMU Maritime Centre

Escort towage and tug operations

LJMU Maritime Centre was the first in the UK to have a full active escort tug simulator which is an enhancement of the existing 360° full mission ship handling simulator. The new tug simulator was developed in a collaboration between Shell UK Ltd, Svitzer Marine and Wirral Waterfront – an initiative funded by the North West Development Agency.

George Franklin, Marine Manager at Shell's Stanlow Refinery, commented about this facility by saying:

"The new upgraded facility will not only provide an important training and competence development tool for the key players involved in the safe passage of tankers bound for Shell's Tranmere Oil Terminal, but will also contribute towards enhanced risk management on the Mersey River".

Svitzer Marine Limited, a member of the AP Moller Group of companies, was another of the key funders in this project.  Managing Director Stuart McNiven commented at the time that:

"Safety is paramount in the Svitzer Marine organisation and any project which enhances safety of marine operation is deserving of our support. We are proud to support this initiative in one of our key ports".

Port development

LJMU Maritime Centre’s 360° ship simulator can be configured for research purposes into bridge operations, testing the feasibility of proposed harbour facilities prior to construction and identifying limiting factors for entry to, or departure from, a port in difficult conditions.

Research and development

In addition to using the ship simulator for research purposes mentioned above, the simulator has also been used to model the Twelve Quays ro-ro ferry terminal allowing shipmasters and river pilots to practice berthing under a variety of conditions.

More recent research has included the impact on navigation of the Gwynt-y-Mor wind farm and use of the simulator to investigate FPSO (Floating Production Storage and Offloading) operations.

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