Must Have Box (MH BOX)

Maritime decision support system

Posted on 2 October 2011


The MH Box project group focuses on developing innovative, accurate and comprehensive maritime decision support systems based on oceanographic measurements and observations and ocean modelling. The current research and development work aims at designing a knowledge based in-situ ocean weather reporting and decision support system, resulting in an online maritime decision support kit, the MustHaveBox. The project is in collaboration with Singapore Delft Water Alliance and the National University of Singapore


Predicting sea level anomalies (SLA's) and associated currents which may significantly affect the ability to efficiently meet a vessels ETA and predetermined booking of berth slots, for liner services. Using precision satellite information to incorporate residual currents into operational hydrodynamic forecasts, a significant commercial benefit can be achieved.


  • Improved understanding of mechanisms behind SLA's
  • Development of data driven tools to improve short term forec
  • Improved model predictions of water levels and flows in the
  • Accurate forecasting of SLA's in regions without stations
  • Improved forecasting, development of a web based system


The team involves panel of international experts specialised in maritime studies, National University of Singapore and Deltares researchers and external organisations as collaborators. The four year highly funded project also involves human resource development through skilled training of PhD and MSc students in this area. This ensures both high scientific output levels and direct application and testing of results in practical oceanography.

Technologies used

- oceanographic measurements and observations
- ocean modelling
- hydrodynamic forecasting

Project location

Project partners

  • Deltares