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Multi-ship following operation in ice-covered waters with consideration of inter-ship communication

Zhang, W, Zou, Z, Wang, J and Du, L (2020) Multi-ship following operation in ice-covered waters with consideration of inter-ship communication. Ocean Engineering, 210. ISSN 0029-8018

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© 2020 Elsevier Ltd With the advancement of technology, the ship-to-ship communication plays an increasingly important role in fleet following operations. In this study, a new ship following model that considers communication conditions is constructed for convoys following icebreaking ships through sea-ice areas. The model combines the effects of ice and communication on speeds and inter-ship distances. Then, the linear stability of the model is analysed. Simulation and analysis using actual data reveal that modelling stability is improved compared to models that do not consider communication and the backward-looking effect. The model provides a theoretical basis for maritime traffic simulation software. Moreover, it can accurately predict changes in the velocities of following ships. Consequently, the high stability of the proposed following model can be utilized for risk mitigation for fleets navigating in ice-covered waters.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 0405 Oceanography, 0905 Civil Engineering, 0911 Maritime Engineering
Subjects: T Technology > TC Hydraulic engineering. Ocean engineering
T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Divisions: Maritime & Mechanical Engineering (merged with Engineering 10 Aug 20)
Publisher: Elsevier
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2020 10:08
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 07:01
DOI or ID number: 10.1016/j.oceaneng.2020.107545
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/13289
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