Modelling navigation behaviour to improve traffic safety in ports

Growth in global trade drives more and larger vessels through ports on a yearly basis. Risks associated with increased traffic in a restricted environment include a far higher chance of a ship-to-ship or a ship-to-pier collision, or grounding incident. With economic factors driving the need for port operators to maximise revenues, it is necessary that ports optimise all available facilities and water space to the best of their ability – often on the basis of layouts and infrastructure inherited from the days of steam ships.