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Port Entrance Simulation (PES)

Port Entrance Simulation for Safe Navigation

TELEDYNE PDS-PES is a unique software tool to ensure safe navigation for vessels from entrance of the port to their berth.  A Port Entrance Simulation (PES) package allows port authorities and pilots making decisions on vessel management in their ports. TELEDYNE PDS-PES is the tool to verify that vessels can safely navigate in and out the port using the latest collected survey data. It simulates the route the vessel has to sail and indicates any areas that are too shallow.  Tidal information and the shape and draft of the vessel are taken into account in the calculation as well.

TELEDYNE PDS-PES is developed in cooperation with the Port of Antwerp. It is a powerful tool that is easy to operate. It uses the size and draft of the vessel, under keel clearance (UKC) margins for route and berthing and uses digital terrain models (DTM) available from the hydrographic department. The results are saved as an AVI, which provides all the information about Safe Navigation along the chosen route. For pilots, the information is saved as DXF charts and DTM models.

TELEDYNE PDS-PES can easily be adapted to the vessel that enters the port. The operator selects a vessel from a database or creates a new vessel on the fly, which is then added to the database. The draft, turn radius, and size are the most important inputs for the vessel.

As soon as a route is selected or changed, the UKC margins are displayed as color-coded areas to notify the operator of any unsafe parts of the route. The route can be changed interactively to avoid the shallow areas.

The operator can also sail with the vessel along the selected route or can alter the route on the fly when required. The final route will be available as a DXF for later use by the pilots.

A video of the simulated route is stored and can be sent together with the route to the pilot.

TELEDYNE PDS-PES offers the Port of Antwerp a strong and powerful tool to secure save sailing in their port with dredging activities as cost effective as possible.

  • A priori verification of safe navigation in ports
  • Derive minimum tide value for port entrance
  • Easy to select and adapt route
  • Simulation of route to dock and berth
  • Uses size, draft, and under keel clearance margins
  • Shows shallow areas immediately