OMC International, an Australian company represented in Brazil by DefenSea Consultoria, has produced a feasibility study for the use of the Dynamic Under Keel Clearance (DUKC) system in the Port of Santos, the largest in Latin America, which was presented to the public in the Port in July, 31st of this year.
DUKC is operating in 26 ports around the world, having performed more than 160 thousand ship crossings without any accident, proving that, in addition to allowing the adoption of larger drafts of operation and optimizing the dredging of access channels, the system substantially increases the safety of navigation.
DUKC’s employment authorization in Brazilian ports is being evaluated by a technical committee of the Brazilian Navy, for which DefenSea Consultoria and OMC International also made a specific presentation.
The presentation of the study was carried out by Sergio Jordão, one of the partners of DefenSea Consultoria, with the presence of Dr Terry O’Brien, founder and Executive Director of OMC International, and Mr. Alex Oliva, President of CODESP of São Paulo), besides other important professionals who work in the national port segment.
As stated by CODESP, administrator of the Port of Santos, on the coast of São Paulo, deployment and start of operation of the DUKC system, which calculates the dynamic under keel clearance of the navigation channel in real time, will happen until the second half of 2019, if authorized by the Brazilian Navy, making possible that the Santos wharf can receive ships with greater draft, increasing substantially the productivity, competitiveness, and safety in the operations of that port facility.
A video of the presentation of the feasibility study of the DUKC system in the Port of Santos is in the article published in the G1 site here: https://g1.globo.com/sp/santos-regiao/porto-mar/noticia/2018/08/01/codesp-estuda-adotar-sistema-que-calcula-calado-em-tempo-real-no-porto-de-santos.ghtml