Post by WettCoast on Dec 6, 2014 23:28:35 GMT -8
It helps with their long term planning to know which ships will fit into which docks. With so many docks being rebuilt in recent years, and with the new mantra of "Standardization," it makes sense that they're doing these tests. That way, they will know which ship/route combinations will work, and which ones won't.
Have to admit, it does surprise me somewhat that in these days of computer capabilities, BC Ferries still has to physically send a vessel on a tour around the strait to test dock compatibility. Particularly with the new dock structures, you would think they know exactly what the dimensions are down to the centimetre, as well as the ramp and apron properties, and the seabed underneath, at any given tide. They also know the exact profile of a vessel such as the Skeena Queen... and, presumably, how it would fit into the docks.
But maybe not. Maybe little engineering quirks, as well as mother nature, have a way of trumping computer models. Gotta be some reason for the Skeena's sightseeing trip this past week.
PS: I have written this partially 'in jest', but, you do have to wonder?
Coming next week - the Northern Adventure does docking trials in Brentwood Bay?