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UKMPA Members conduct World’s biggest container ship into Felixstowe after pilot training using HR Wallingford’s navigation simulators

UKMPA Members conduct World’s biggest container ship into Felixstowe after pilot training using HR Wallingford’s navigation simulators
June 12th, 2017 by SecGen

HR Wallingford used data provided by Maersk to construct an accurate hydrodynamic model of the Madrid Maersk which was used by pilots to train and explore new ship handling techniques in its UK Ship Simulation Centre.

The Madrid Maersk, the latest in a long line of record-breaking container ships, arrived on 6 June 2017 at the Port of Felixstowe’s newest quay, its first port of call in Northern Europe on its maiden voyage. As the world’s current biggest container ship (weighing in at 214,286 tonnes, and a massive 399 metres long, with a beam of 58.6m), the Madrid Maersk is expected to set a record for carrying the maximum number of standard-sized containers (TEU) on its return leg to Asia. Harwich Haven Authority Pilots and Svitzer Tug Masters used HR Wallingford’s UK Ship Simulation Centre to train and develop the best methods to handle the ship, and determine the limits of the conditions in which it could enter and leave the port safely.  Continues…