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Development of a PC-Based Multi-Ship Maneuvering Simulator for Improving Navigation Traffic Within Ports and Harbors

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: N/A
Contract: DG1330-02-CN-0035
Agency Tracking Number: 2002-29
Amount: $50,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2002
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
10621 J Iron Bridge Road
Jessup, MD 20794
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Georges Chahine
 (301) 604-3688
Business Contact
 Georges Chahine
Title: President
Phone: (301) 604-3688
Research Institution

The potential for accidents in harbors increases with traffic density. Collisions with other ships or natural obstacles are caused by reduced reaction time in an unexpected situation. We propose to develop a PCWindows based ship simulator, which will be able to simulate multi-ship dynamics in restricted water, in the presence of waves, wind, currents, and obstacles. General topography, channel configuration, and environmental conditions will be input by the user. The simulator will be able to generate multiple ship tracks an evaluate harbor safety from a system perspective. Such a simulator will be used to estimate the likelihood of collision for various types of vessels, traffic densities, navigation channels geometries and environmental conditions. It can also be used for continual training of masters and pilots to minimize human error, and by harbor designers and port managers for structures and waterway design, modification, improvement and implementation of safety measures.

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