RESEARCH ARTICLE

A Simulation Model to Determine the Capacity of a Y-Type Waterway Intersection for a Real Seaport

The Open Transportation Journal 22 Jan 2018 RESEARCH ARTICLE DOI: 10.2174/1874447801812010008

Abstract

Introduction:

In this paper, Arena software has been used to simulate a complex system, which contains traffic rules, a tidal window, weather conditions and different fleet types.

Methods:

We have determined the capacity of a Y-type waterway intersection with a sailing speed of 10 knots for the Panjin seaport in China. Moreover, we chose a sailing speed of 11 knots, which gives a safe squat value at high tide level whose cumulative frequency for channel accessibility is larger than or equal to 80%.

Results:

The results show that the capacity of the waterway reduced with a sailing speed of 11 knots, because of waiting for a long time to meet a high tide level.

Keywords: Waterway capacity, Y-type intersection, Squat, Arena simulation, Seaport, Port service level.
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