Seminar: Environmental Disasters from Grounding Accidents: A Case Study of Tugboat Positioning along the Norwegian Coast

SoftICE member Robin T. Bye together with PhD student Brice Assimizele will today present an introductory talk by Bye on the DRAMA research project as well as recent research on tug fleet optimisation (TFO). The main talk is by Assimizele and is called Environmental Disasters from Grounding Accidents: A Case Study of Tugboat Positioning along the Norwegian Coast. The talk is based on a recent research results documented in a journal paper manuscript co-authored by Brice Assimizele, Johannes Royset, Robin T. Bye, and Johan Oppen and soon to be submitted to a world-renowned journal.

The seminar is open for all and will take place in room Borgundfjorden at 12.30 today 13 May 2015, AAUC main building.

This work is part of the PhD research of Brice Assimizele and builds on previous DRAMA research.

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DRAMA project completed

The research project Dynamic Resource Allocation with Maritime Application (DRAMA) was funded by Regionalt Forskningsfond (RFF) Midt-Norge and the Research Council of Norway,  grant no. ES504913. A complete final report can be downloaded here.

The project was officially ended during summer 2014, although work has continued since then through a PhD candidate, Brice Assimizele, and the professor scholarship of the project manager, Robin T. Bye.

Please visit the DRAMA website to read more!

The main goal of the project was to develop new and stringent algorithms for fleet optimisation based on methods from areas such as artificial intelligence, cybernetics, stochastic optimisation, and others.


Figure 1: Ship traffic along pink corridor along northern Norwegian coast. NOR VTS is the vessel traffic service centre in Vardø.

In particular, the project focussed on the the tug vessel preparedness in the north of Norway (see Figure 1). Annually more than 1500 high risk ships transit along the Norwegian coast, out of which about 300 carry oil or petroleum-related cargo. A fleet of three tugs as depicted in Figure 3 (two tugs since January 2014) need to be dynamically positioned along the coast in order to reduce the risk of oil tankers or other ships causing oil spill from drift grounding accidents.


Figure 2: The tug fleet of the Norwegian Coastal Administration.

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