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SEABERTH Port Simulation is a ‘What-if?’ modelling tool for ports and terminals. It enables the scheduler to carry out analysis and strategic experimentation in an accurate and stable modelling environment, completely unaffected by daily planning. SEABERTH Port Simulation is designed to answer such questions as:
- How will the current port infrastructure handle the increased number of vessel calls expected in five years- time?
- What infrastructure investments should we make?
- What are the likely commercial and operational benefits of investing in another berth and when will we see a return on the investment?
The Simulation module can take current berth infrastructure, resources and constraints directly from the SEABERTH operational module. Vessel movements for a simulation scenario can start from the current operational schedule, an experimental plan or from historical vessel movements. Alternatively shipping patterns can be constructed by “wizard” tools to achieve a required quantity of vessel type / cargo types within a specific time window. The system can also be tasked to plan a lifting / delivery schedule that will keep an inventory level within prescribed limits.
The Simulation module has a KPI summary page and options to drill down into each KPI to understand the details behind the result. Results are presented to the user in graphical, chart and tabular formats. The user can maintain multiple ‘What if?’ experimental scenarios for comparison of results in key performance areas, to aid decision making.
- Compare different infrastructure investment options in a risk-free virtual environment
- See how your terminal would cope with increased vessel traffic or different vessel characteristics
- Highlight full consequences of changes: for example solving one bottleneck may not give the apparent benefits expected from a simple calculation because another factor becomes the limiting bottleneck. SEABERTH simulation will uncover these constraints
- Determine cost implications of changes to constraints, for example removing daylight hours restrictions
- Use the same port constraints as the operational system, ensuring planning consistency
- ‘What if?’ tool allows you to experiment with numerous options for change, such as adding berths, changing product lines, changing port constraints such as daylight hours
- KPI Reports on areas such as: Demurrage, Waiting time, Vessel numbers, Berth utilization, with both KPI summary view and detailed graphs
- History Analyser can provide a flexible method of accessing data on past shipping events which have been through the SEABERTH Operational Plan
- Arrivals tool will allow you to adjust the ETAs and time windows for multiple vessel calls, including randomizing the arrivals within a defined window
- Population tool allows the numbers of vessel calls meeting certain criteria to be adjusted, and the cargo quantities to be adjusted, to create a synthetic future population
- Outage tool creates berth and other resource outages randomly within defined windows