Modelling ship waves in unique nature reserves

Participating in a comprehensive environmental assessment

Enbridge Inc., an energy delivery company based in Canada, wishes to transport crude oil by ship from Edmonton, Alberta to a new marine terminal at Kitimat, British Columbia. Named ‘The Northern Gateway’, the project is expected to be in service in 2019. Kitimat is located at the bottom of the Douglas Channel, one of the widest and deepest inland waterways on North America’s West Coast. To help ensure that all safety, navigational and environmental standards will be met during the ship voyage through the protected nature reserve, a team of over 200 experts and scientists conducted a comprehensive assessment of the route between the open sea and Kitimat. Taking into account the unique characteristics of the nature reserves and the indigenous population, a number of environmental and safety issues had to be observed during the voyage. As part of a required comprehensive environmental assessment, DHI was tasked to conduct an evaluation of ship waves generated along the route in order to assess its potential impact on the surrounding areas.