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Tuesday, Mar 12th, 2020

12:30 am – 1:30 pm CT


The Safe Design and Operation of Marine Transports

For all types of marine transportations along any distance, safety and efficiency are critical. Towing and installation of large cargoes and facilities involves a broad spectrum of expertise and companies. This presentation aims to give an overview of designing marine transports, and some of the questions that come up during analysis, such as:

  • What are the different ways to design my transport and installation operations.
  • What are the risks in the design (e.g., weather, allowed delay in schedule, etc.)?
  • What should a ship do if it encounters a storm? Should it try to outrun, go around, or head for shelter?

In addition to this overview, the presenter will share some of his experience from the perspective of the SafeTrans User Group. This group has been developing the SafeTrans tool since 2001 to optimise towed transports, using weather hindcast/forecast data, dynamic seakeeping models, and a captain decision mimic module. Even after nearly 20 years, developments are continuing as weather models get more detailed and voyage routing algorithms get more sophisticated.

If you are interested in marine transports, please come and see the presentation!

Meet Our Speakers

John Bandas

John Bandas is a hydrodynamic engineer from MARIN USA, residing in Houston, Texas. He joined MARIN in 2012, after graduating from Texas A&M University with a Masters of Science in Ocean Engineering. Topics of interest in work and research include offloading operations, mooring analysis, greenwater studies, and wet-and-dry transportation of large cargos. In 2019 John presented research at the SNAME Maritime Convention for the optimization of voyage routing problems in simulations of heavy-lift transports. John is the current chair of the H-10 Controllability Panel, and served as the chair of the SNAME Texas Section in 2016.