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Example - Computer Simulation of Vessel Traffic Management, Port of Vancouver

The client, the Canadian Coast Guard, wished to redesign navigation aids at the entrance to the port.  Computer simulation was used to assess and locate collision risks and improve Vessel Traffic Management (VTM).

The work included tracking the actual paths of vessels entering and leaving the port.  The vessel tracks and historic data about the timing of vessel movements were data to the simulation.  Once prepared, the simulation was able to project the movements of vessels according to new options for the locations of navigation aids and rules for Vessel Traffic Management.  The output of the simulation were recordings of the locations and frequency of vessel meets, crossings or overtakings.  The simulation results indicated how to minimize collision risks.


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