Honolulu Harbor Ship Traffic Simulation and Animation Study

by James R. Walker, Moffatt & Nichol Engineers, Long Beach, United States,
Vedat Demirel, Moffatt & Nichol Engineers, Long Beach, United States,
Michael C. Leue, Moffatt & Nichol Engineers, Long Beach, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Ports '92


A computer simulation and animation study was conducted to investigate the operational impacts of projected ship traffic increases and harbor reconfiguration specified in the Honolulu Waterfront Master Plan. Existing traffic conditions along with one intermediate and two final design alternatives were considered. The usage levels of the navigation channels, delays to access the channels and berths, and average berth occupancies were determined. These results provided objective comparisons to evaluate the proposed alternatives. The animation of the traffic flow enhanced the understanding of how well the harbor would function for each alternative by visually displaying the conflicts, queuing and resource utilization.

Subject Headings: Traffic models | Ports and harbors | Water transportation | Computer models | Computer vision and image processing | Ship motion | Traffic analysis | Berths | Honolulu | Hawaii | United States

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