Proving and Training Simulation – NPA Floating Dock V

Identify and exercise operational
considerations for the move of
NPA’s Floating Dock V from
Apapa to beaching in Badagry

Project start: Apr 2019
Project completion: Apr 2019
Sectors: Maritime
Project location: Lagos, Nigeria

To assist with the planning and tug configuration
necessary to tow Floating Dock V from her berth in
Apapa to a berth in Badagry Creek – a total distance of
c4.2 nautical miles.
CARES Maritime Division was commissioned to:
• Conduct a 2-day proving and training simulation
project consisting of:
• Day 1 – classroom scoping study and discussion
led by CARES and consisting of with 6 Tug Masters
and a Port Authority pilot
• Day 2 – executing a series of Run Scenarios in a Full
Mission Bridge Simulator to practice tug
reconfiguration and Floating Dock transit
• Establish and clarify key operational objectives
• Identify the likely influential move factors including
operational, environment and Command and Control
(C2) aspects.
• Identify potential Pinch Points (ie areas of potential
maritime safety risk concerns) for the passage and
scope the associated risks.
• Conduct a brief examination of potential emergency
scenarios and mitigations.

• Generate: An up to date bathymetric and aids to navigation FMBS Electronic Chart and graphics for the entire passage. • Generate: A Floating Dock FMBS model with representative dimensions, draught, windage and anchors. • Generate: Tug representative capabilities (eg tug type, maximum bollard pull and dimensions) for the allocated real-move tugs. • Provide: Risk Assessment process and structure for functions such as: Overall move accountability; manning; harbour commencement approval process; conduct of the transit; communication and tug control procedures; pinchpoint locations; and contingency planning. • Highlight: Passage requirements during FMBS Run Scenarios by including activities such as: Tug configuration changes for passage and beaching phases; maximum acceptable tidal stream and wind direction and speed rates; the practicing of key manoeuvres; and key observations, findings and Lessons Identified • Provide: A fully scoped, agreed and supported Simulation Output report. • The manoeuvre was subsequently successfully completed without mishap and as designed and practiced during the Proving and Training Simulation

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