Joint Study To Enhance Safety And Efficiency Standards Conducted


Bahrain Steel, a major producer and global supplier of iron-ore pellets, along with APM Terminals Bahrain, the operator of Khalifa Bin Salman Port, have concluded an innovative study aimed at enhancing safety and efficiency standards, with the ultimate goal of increasing volumes at Bahrain Steel’s Port Terminal, which is presently operating at maximum capacity.

Operational Strategies 

Over two years, under the guidance of Captain Adel AlMaskati, the Harbour & Marine Services Manager at APM Terminal Bahrain, the study was conducted at the National Maritime College of Ireland (NMIC), in collaboration with global towage provider Svitzer, and with the support of Bahrain Ports and Maritime Affairs (PMA).

“The study has enabled Bahrain Steel to evaluate the impact of different operational strategies and make informed decisions about potential optimizations. By simulating different scenarios, such as changes in vessel sizes, weather conditions, or operational procedures, our skilled mariners could asses potential outcomes and select the most effective strategies to maximize efficiency for our customers,” explained Aedl AlMskati.

Before the modeling process, thorough seabed geo-mapping was conducted to eliminate the necessity for dredging and to pinpoint any potential environmental concerns that might arise from the utilization of a new class of vessels – Newcastle Max bulk carriers – planned for use by Bahrain Steel.

Valuable Insights 

Using data analysis and scenario modeling, participants acquired valuable insights into resource distribution, encompassing berth allocation, tugboat deployment, and essential equipment requirements. This facilitates more effective planning and coordination, leading to decreased safety hazards, shorter waiting periods, expedited vessel turnaround times, and heightened productivity levels.

“With Bahrain Steel Port Terminal operating at full capacity, the simulation study has helped in re-evaluating existing Port restrictions and resetting them, to improve port efficiency safely. This study will help Bahrain Steel to accommodate larger Newcastle max vessels at its port terminal,” commented on the importance of the study, Captain Madan Mathew, Deputy General Manager of Shipping, Bahrain Steel.

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Source: ContainerNews