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A simulation model of marine traffic flow with particular application to Rosario Strait Braem, Trevor Arthur

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The objective of this research is to develop a simulation model which can be used as a quantitative tool in determining optimal routing and scheduling of marine traffic flows. A simulation model of marine traffic flow through Haro Strait, Boundary Pass and Rosario Strait was developed using the IBM General Purpose Simulation System. The model allows experimentation with routing, vessel population growth, and the effect of a shore-based radar marine advisory system on the incidence of collisions, particularly tanker collisions. Several experiments were conducted to illustrate the model concept and experimental possibilities. The conclusion drawn is that the model is a valuable planning tool for marine traffic control and can be extended to simulate other facets of marine navigation and traffic control.

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