New maritime traffic simulation software, Siflow21, awarded by Spanish Naval Architects Association

The new maritime traffic simulation software for port infrastructure optimization, Siflow21, developed by Siport21, has been awarded the third prize in the 60th Naval Engineering and Maritime Industry Congress, organized by Spanish Naval Architects Association.

Siflow21 is a maritime traffic analysis and simulation software. This system compares different layout alternatives of waterways or port areas to select the optimal option and the resources needed for achieving the maximum operational efficiency.

Siflow21 builds up a virtual representation of the vessels traffic in a port or complex waterway with concurrent traffic. Based on the results of the analysis, the port community can plan future investments in infrastructure (deepening or enlargement of navigation channels, additional port access, etc.) or make decisions about the management or operational optimization (traffic increase, tidal window access, crossing rules, traffic priority, etc.).

This new tool, based on process simulation using queuing theory, has relevance to port agents related to maritime logistic transport: logistic operators, consultants, terminal operators, shipping companies, port and maritime authorities, etc.

The following solutions provided by Siflow21 are pointed out: definition of the maximum capacity of a port; bottleneck identification (tide, meteorological conditions, Pilots, tugs, etc.); optimization of ship access planning; congestion prediction due to traffic increase; changes in infrastructure or new terminals; identify interferences between operations; and evaluate the cost-benefit balance of the investments.

Siflow21 has already been used to evaluate different projects in Argentina, the Philippines, and Colombia. The results have been definitive to make decisions by the investors and developers of the infrastructures.


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