To enable the project to be delivered on time the modelling studies were conducted in parallel. The modelling tools were used to refine the layout of the port to reduce the predicted siltation and maintenance dredging requirements. These tools were also used to formulate longer term predictions of the environmental conditions at the site. The extent of the development meant regional scale investigations were required to understand the primary environmental forces, their effect on the port and the potential for the port to change these forces. As it is an almost virgin site there is very little historic data to refer to.
Further studies on the route and design of the approach channel and link channel to the port were completed in 2017. This involved an options investigation for a route for the 50 km of approach channel to link the port site with the gulf. Further surveying, analysis and modelling re expected to be undertaken in the development of the alternative channel design. For the link channel an inter-comparison of three options was undertaken including an assessment of the likely capital dredging methodology and cost.
Allied to the port engineering studies, HR Wallingford has also been instrumental in providing an innovative solution to training port staff by setting up a real time navigation simulation facility to represent phase one of the development. This facility will allow a pilot training plan to be established before the port is even built. This facility was updated as part of the alternative channel alignment studies and used as a design tool to test the alternative link channel options