The real time navigation simulation session was conducted at HR Wallingford’s Australia Ship Simulation Centre in Fremantle, Western Australia. A local Tangguh Pilot and HR Wallingford’s Staff Pilot, manoeuvred the ships in the final approaches to the virtual second jetty, using up to 4 x 55 tonne bollard pull tugs.
Design Manager for McConnell Dowell, Fabien Cogordan, said: “Being able to take advantage of HR Wallingford’s fast time simulation meant that we could conduct over 8,000 channel transits, equivalent to over 25 years of vessel calls to Tangguh, in a matter of minutes of computer processing time. Combining this with the real time navigation simulation, provided us with a cost-effective and flexible tool to evaluate and confirm the suitability of the jetty design”.
Dr Mark McBride, HR Wallingford Ships Group Manager, said: “The HR Wallingford Ship Navigation Simulation System has been specifically designed for port design and ship operations’ applications, and our full bridge, real time manoeuvring simulators can be used for pilot and tug master training as well. We’re delighted to have been able to apply our knowledge to a project like this in Indonesia, which will have a significant impact on the industry and the local economy”.
The marine construction EPC contract was awarded to CSTS, a consortium consisting of Chiyoda, Saipem, Tripatra and Suluh Ardhi Engineering. Construction of the third train is now underway, which will bring the total plant capacity to 11.4 million tonnes of LNG per annum, with first production from the third train expected during 2020.