Operational Analysis

Operational Risk Assessment

Conducted for the Pacific Pilotage Authority a net risk assessment for the boarding marine pilots on LNG ships by helicopter. The study was commissioned by PPA in cooperation with Pacific Northwest LNG, BG, Shell and Chevron to consider the implications for the introduction of LNG trade from Prince Rupert and Kitimat. The result was unanimous acceptance and rapid progress to implementation.

Future Needs Assessment for Marine Pilots

Under contract to the Pacific Pilotage Authority and the Port Authority of Prince Rupert, conducted an assessment of future  marine traffic growth (out to 2028) in the Prince Rupert area and the implications for the PPA’s current model of service delivery. Computer methods were used to simulate different hypothetical traffic volumes and mixtures, and to generate data on pilot tasking. This was then used to propose improvements in service delivery contingent on energy-ship introduction to the north coast.

Ship Routing Advisory Study

Conducted a study of all current and future marine traffic in the Prince Rupert area and examined risks associated with traffic patterns, using multiple data sources including AIS tracks and GIS computer tools. Proposed a comprehensive plan of both formal and largely informal ship-routing and public-awareness measures to enhance mutual marine safety between large and small vessels in Chatham Sound and the harbour approaches to Prince Rupert.

Berthing Risk Assessment

Conducted for Pacific Pilotage Authority and the Port of Metro Vancouver a study of the risks of berthing ultra-large container ships in Vancouver’s principal terminals. This project involved statistical analysis of PPA assignment data and incident records, and calculation of limiting approach angles and speeds for a range of potential future visitors of greatly increased size. Additional data collected from a number of foreign comparable terminals enabled the development of a risk-assessment tool for the PPA/PMV and the BC Coast Pilots.

Safety Assessment

Conducted as subcontractor to Lansdowne Technologies Inc. a safety assessment of line-handling operations on the Ridley Island coal terminal in Prince Rupert. This study investigated industry practices and legislation to recommend prudent improvements to current practice.

Harmonized Threat and Risk Assessment

As sub-contractor to the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires, conducted a Harmonized Threat and Risk Assessment of physical vulnerabilities for a major multi-site military establishment.