Tools to Optimise High Speed Craft to Port Interface Concepts (TOHPIC)

Duration: 01.03.2001 – 28.02.2004 (36 months)

Coordination: SSPA Sweden AB

Partners: Instituto Superior Técnico (PT), CETEMAR (SP), D’Appolonia (I), SINDEL S.r.l (I), METTLE, AMRIE, University of Glasgow (UK), Institut Français de Navigation (F), NORENT, IST, Stena Line, Port of Dublin (IRL), French Riviera Ports Authority (F), Société Nationale Maritime Corse Méditerranée (F), Port Authority of Barcelona (SP), Buquebus (SP)

Funding Entity: EU - Programme GROWTH

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The project aims at examining in detail the possibilities to optimise the High Speed Craft/ Port Interface with respect to efficiency, safety and environmental effects. The focus is mainly on vessels for combined passenger and goods transport. Both catamaran and monohull HSC are studied. These two categories represent the highest yearly rate of change regarding number of fast ships on duty. The TOHPIC focuses on the following objectives: reducing the turnaround time and the corresponding costs related to berthing/unberthing; identifying necessary conditions to reduce possibility of accidents during berthing/unberthing operation in port terminals; propose interface structure and logistics control in order to enhance the loading and unloading operations; proposing berth design to achieve safer approach and mooring or unmooring; proposing tools and concepts in order to improve ship manoeuvrability in ports, essential for ensuring effectiveness; proposing methodology for cost, safety and environmental analysis of HSC in ports.

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