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BMT simulator tech to assist in Nicaragua Canal development

Li Wenjie, John Murray and Kwok Wai Pang,  HKND Group, with Dr Richard Colwill, BMT Asia Pacific Li Wenjie, John Murray and Kwok Wai Pang, HKND Group, with Dr Richard Colwill, BMT Asia Pacific

BMT Asia Pacific and BMT ARGOSS, subsidiaries of BMT Group, have been appointed by Hong Kong Nicaragua Canal Development Group (HKND) to undertake a series of marine and port assessments for the Nicaragua Canal using its simulator systems.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}BMT will assist the development and validation of the Canal’s design and operations through a structured framework, with the company’s REMBRANDT navigation simulators recreating typical scenarios that a ship master would experience and allowing engineers and mariners to investigate different design geometries.

“Our study will seek to articulate a solution that minimises canal excavation while ensuring adequate canal capacity and safety,” said Dr Richard Colwill, managing director at BMT Asia Pacific.

“A crucial part of that solution involves sophisticated navigation and transport simulation, which will set the basis for identifying a design that balances excavation CAPEX with operational safety, efficiency and capacity.”

In addition to carrying out operational assessments, BMT’s analysis will also be used to update the business case for the Canal’s Pacific and Caribbean ocean ports.

“The Nicaragua Canal system will see a large variety of vessels and wide range of vessel movements along the canal, within the inland ports, and between canal, port and ocean approaches. These activities occur with differing metocean conditions, transit speeds/directions, and transit modes, etc,” said K W Pang, executive director at HKND.  

“Recognising this complexity, we are seeking to access BMT’s global network of subject matter experts to assemble a highly capable, technical team to address the Canal’s marine safety and traffic challenges from all angles.”{/mprestriction}

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