BMT Group Ltd subsidiaries BMT Asia Pacific and BMT ARGOSS have been appointed by Hong Kong Nicaragua Canal Development Group (HKND) to undertake a series of marine and port assessments for the Nicaragua Canal.
BMT will assist the development and validation of the canal’s design and operations through a structured framework, the group announced today.
“Our study will seek to articulate a solution that minimizes canal excavation while ensuring adequate canal capacity and safety,” commented Dr. Richard D 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.”
Navigation simulators recreate typical scenarios that a ship master would experience, and BMT’s proprietary simulator, REMBRANDT, and its What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) output will provide a platform to assist engineers and mariners to investigate different design geometries.
“Through REMBRANDT, BMT will provide early and decisive insight on potential marine constraints, enabling us to identify appropriate mitigation and optimisation measures - be it physical or operational in nature,” Captain Paul Morter of BMT ARGOSS explained.
In addition to carrying out operational assessments, BMT will also update the business case for the canal’s Pacific and Caribbean ocean ports. Central America is one of the most important corridors of global shipping, and BMT, with extensive experience in Port Masterplanning and Port Strategy, will support HKND in identifying the port’s potential competitive positioning along this key artery of global trade, the group said.
K W Pang, Executive Director at HKND added, “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.”
“Recognizing 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,” Pang said.