MSE Research Project Database

An integrated modelling system for navigational aid in tidal inlets

Project Leader: Alessandro Toffoli
Collaborators: Alex Babanin (The University of Melbourne) Ian Young (The University of Melbourne)
Sponsors: OMC International Pivot Maritime International MetOcean Solutions
Primary Contact: Alessandro Toffoli (
Keywords: civil engineering
Disciplines: Infrastructure Engineering

Ship navigation to port facilities requires predictions about ship response and port access clearance. These predictions are questionable due to limitations in present environmental models making navigation risky, particularly in tidal inlets where interaction between waves and tides is strong. This project aims to use new ocean physics to develop an integrated modelling system to improve navigational aid systems and maritime safety whilst providing economic benefits to shipping.