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Bulk sector takes major step forward using Simulation

January 2014
Press release

Bulk terminal operators are turning increasingly to simulation-based tools to assist them in their decision making.

As demand for products grow, facilities with outdated infrastructure are in need of expansion or refurbishing end of life equipment. The quantum leap in technology has also given a wide range of options for terminal operators to choose from. Simulation-based tools assist operators in choosing where to invest and determine the potential profitability during every step of their respective investment and development plans.

TBA has been involved in over 10 Bulk terminal projects over the past year. Extending its vast expertise in consulting terminal operators in strategic, tactical and operational studies, TBA’s project methodology, with its proven approach, has been applied at various bulk terminals.

TBA’s services have been proven to add value to existing terminals by improving operational efficiency, helping existing terminals plan for future expansion and validating design for Greenfield terminals. TBA’s project portfolio covers terminals handling agri-bulk, coal, sulphur, sugar and more having worked for major bulk operators including Cargill, Louis Dreyfus, Vale, and Petronas. 

The graphs below indicate the dynamics of real operations quantified by the use of simulation based tools, with a detailed representation of waiting times across different vessels over a whole year and the effect of weather induced and operational delays on storage.