Bahrain Steel, a leading producer and global supplier of high-grade iron-ore pellets and a subsidiary of Foulath Holding, recently commissioned APM Terminals Bahrain, the operator of Khalifa Bin Salman Port to undertake a ground-breaking simulation study in collaboration with its sister company and global towage provider Svitzer, with the support of the Bahrain Ports and Maritime Affairs (PMA) at the National Maritime College of Ireland (NMIC).

The maritime simulation study, conducted by the team of experts from all organisations over the course of two years, utilized cutting-edge technology and advanced modelling techniques to simulate and analyse various aspects of vessel movements at Bahrain Steel's Port Terminal.

The study involved simulating real-world scenarios to identify areas for improvement and streamline operations. It evaluated variables such as vessel movements, interactions with port infrastructure, and environmental factors. Through data analysis and scenario modelling, participants gained insights into resource allocation, including berths, tugboats, and essential equipment. This allows for better planning and coordination, resulting in reduced safety risks, shorter wait times, improved vessel turnaround, and enhanced productivity.

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Bahrain Steel Deputy General Manager of Shipping Captain Madan Mathew commented on the importance of the study stating, “With Bahrain Steel Port terminal operating at full capacity, the simulation study has helped in re-evaluating the existing Port restrictions and resetting them, to safely improve Port efficiency. The industry is witnessing a gradual evolution in the Cape sector, with increasing number of Newcastle max vessels being built. This study has helped Bahrain Steel to accommodate these large vessels at its port terminal. The Port & Maritime Authorities, APM Terminals Bahrain and Svitzer have actively supported Bahrain Steel by presenting us with a solution which is both effective and safe for all.

The Newcastle Max bulk carrier is a large cargo ship designed for transporting bulk commodities like iron-ore. These vessels are known for their enormous size, up to 300 meters in length, and a capacity of over 210,000 deadweight tonnes. The Newcastle Max bulk carriers stand out for their efficient fuel consumption and advanced cargo handling systems, enabling cost-effective and streamlined transportation of bulk goods internationally. Their development has played a significant role in the growth of global maritime trade.

APM Terminals Bahrain Harbour & Marine Services Manager Captain Adel AlMaskati, further highlighted the need for professional simulations to safeguard and protect all involved, “The simulation study enables Bahrain Steel to evaluate the impact of different operational strategies and make informed decisions about potential optimizations. By virtually testing different scenarios, such as changes in vessel sizes, weather conditions, or operational procedures, our skilled mariners can assess the potential outcomes and select the most effective strategies to maximize efficiency for our customers.”

The Ports and Maritime Affairs, under the Bahrain Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunication, were present for the final presentation by the university team who showcased multiple scenarios and presented them with valuable insights and recommendations for enhancing their operations and managing the smooth flow of maritime activities in the Kingdom’s waters.


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