The first week has been very exciting for International Transport Consultants. We were given our project brief on Monday and set about trying to understand our project straight away. We have been charged with trying to find a solution to shipping conditions in the Malacca Straits, currently the second most used shipping lanes in the world. Due to the strengthening of economies in the east, there has been a sharp increase in shipping traffic in the area, causing congestion and logistical issues. By providing an alternative route we aim to relieve this congestion and allow larger ships to pass through, and providing many benefits to Thailand in the process. A project of this size comes with many economical, social and political issues that we will have consider throughout the project.
The first week has mostly been focused on gaining knowledge on the background of Thailand and the current state of the shipping industry. It’s been very broad research with lots of different areas of study that we have divided based on the interests of different group members, but some of us have found it hard to take information that we can relate back to the construction of the canal. We have also researched case studies of similar projects such as the Panama Canal and the Suez Canal to see how we can learn from the past to make our design the most efficient it can be.
We also started thinking about ways in which we can solve our problem and have presented three options to our client at our first critical session on Friday. We came away from the presentation with allot of things to think about and we will have allot of work to do this week to improve on these areas.