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A new access channel and turning basin for the port of Lomé (Togo): From design guidelines to simulator training
Vos, S.; Vantorre, M.; Candries, M.; Eloot, K.; Peire, K.; Couvreur, S. (2015). A new access channel and turning basin for the port of Lomé (Togo): From design guidelines to simulator training, in: Congrès SHF: Hydrodynamics and simulation applied to inland waterway and port approaches, 18-19 november 2015. pp. [1-10]
In: (2015). Congrès SHF: Hydrodynamics and simulation applied to inland waterway and port approaches, 18-19 november 2015. Société Hydrotechnique de France: Paris. , more

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Document type: Conference paper

Keyword
    Channel design
Author keywords
    Port accessibility

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  • Eloot, K., more
  • Peire, K.
  • Couvreur, S.

Abstract
    The development of a new, state-of-the-art container terminal in the port of Lomé (Togo) introduces large-scale transshipment to West Africa, along with the requirement of the capability to receive container ships with a capacity of up to 14,000 TEU. A new dock of about 1,000 m by 200 m has been constructed. On behalf of Lomé Container Terminal and for account of the Togolese State and the Port Autonome de Lomé (PAL), the Maritime Technology Division of Ghent University and Flanders Hydraulics Research have been asked by Terminal Investment Limited to determine the main dimensions and layout of a new approach channel and the required characteristics of assisting tugs, and to formulate recommendations on navigational aids for safe and smooth operations. The paper gives an overview of the contributions of Ghent University and Flanders Hydraulics Research to the project, starting from the design phase by using guidelines and real time manoeuvring simulations to training sessions for the Togolese pilots. In a first phase of the project, the approach channel (width, depth and bend radius) and the turning basin (diameter and depth) in the port were determined by means of a selection of concept and detailed design guidelines and calculation methods. Real time simulations have been carried out in a second and a third phase of the project by Flemish coastal pilots who are experienced with Ultra Large Container Vessels (ULCVs) calling at the port of Zeebrugge. These were witnessed and validated by the seniormost Togolese pilots who attended the final real time simulations. As a result of the study, recommendations were formulated about characteristics of the approach channel, the turning basin and the dock. Additionally, procedures about the use of tugs, recommended speed ranges and helpful navigational aids were proposed. After the study three training campaigns were organized for the Togolese pilots in Flanders which consisted of a simulator training and a practical part in which they accompanied the Flemish pilots during their work on ULCVs on the Belgian coast.

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