The North Sea is highly dynamic, calm one day and ferocious the next. The harbour master and his team looked for ways to optimise port capacity within the boundaries of these weather conditions without compromising on safety. The Port of Hvide Sande consequently extended its relationship with DHI to adopt the digital and physics-based port management system NCOS ONLINE to support the safe transit of larger and deeper drafted vessels in consideration of the local metocean conditions.
Through this partnership, the Port of Hvide Sande has become the first North Sea port to leverage dynamic data on ship specifications and weather to optimise its operations for the benefit of its stakeholders, customers, and the local and regional economy.
NCOS ONLINE leverages DHI’s Metocean Data for local wave conditions, FORCE Technology’s 3D Vessel Response Engine SimFlex4 and measured data to provide vessel response calculations with the same accuracy as a full-mission bridge simulator for a fraction of the cost. This method provides a highly accurate vessel-specific estimation of the combined effects of the wave-induced roll, pitch and heave motions, wind-induced heel and squat with regard to UKC.