Moffatt & Nichol has acquired FlexSim CT

Moffatt & Nichol is a leading global infrastructure advisor specializing in the planning and design of facilities that shape our coastlines, harbors and rivers as well as an innovator in the transportation complexities associated with the movement of freight.

Moffatt & Nichol is pleased to announce the acquisition of FlexSim CT. For the last 5 years, Moffatt & Nichol has been a licensed user and a partner to FlexSim and the development of FlexSim CT and has used it as a reliable and powerful tool for planning and analysis of container terminal and intermodal rail yard projects and operations.

Moffatt & Nichol now exclusively retains the proprietary source code for FlexSim CT. FlexSim Software Products, Inc. (FSP) will continue to provide simulation products for the non-container terminal industry.

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FlexSim CT has been renamed to FlexTerm. For more information on FlexTerm, please visit

Existing Users of FlexSim CT

Clients who have previously purchased FlexSim CT will continue to be supported by FSP until completion of their current maintenance agreement. At the end of your current contract with FSP, Moffatt & Nichol will become the primary point of contact for further use of FlexSim CT.

About FlexSim CT

Simulation models built in FlexSim CT can be used to improve many facets of a container terminal operation. In general, FlexSim helps in your goals to:

  • Increase throughput
  • Improve equipment utilization
  • Reduce waiting time and queue sizes
  • Reduce bottlenecks
  • Balance workload allocating resources efficiently
  • Study alternate investment ideas
  • Demonstrate new tool design capabilities
  • Train operators in overall system behaviour and job related performance

More specifically, with FlexSim CT you can analyze:

  • Yard stacking and segregation strategies
  • Yard layout and dispatching
  • Gate logistics and capacity
  • Quay crane allocation
  • Yard equipment allocation
  • Hostler gang allocation
  • Ship scheduling
  • Berth assignment
  • Traffic constraints

FlexSim CT helps you find ways to move more containers more efficiently and at less cost. The power and beauty of FlexSim CT is that ideas for improving a process can be simulated, tested, and justified prior to implementing them in the actual system. The results of each simulation can be analyzed graphically through 3D animation, and through statistical reports and graphs, which are both excellent for communicating a model’s purpose and results to technical and nontechnical audiences.

For more information about FlexSim CT, please contact Moffatt & Nichol.

Getting Results

Using FlexSim CT to study a process, end-users can confidently communicate their assumptions, findings, conclusions, and future actions to colleagues, bosses, or clients about how to improve container flow specifically and terminal operations generally. In addition to moving more containers more efficiently and at lower cost, organizations and individuals using simulation gain a greater insight into the system being studied, which consequently helps managers to predict and control a terminal’s operations with greater reliability in the future.

track and report on important statistics

Ease of Use

FlexSim CT is the first commercially available “off-the-shelf” simulation tool for container terminals. Through its simple drag-drop model-building methodology and its integrated 3D environment, FlexSim CT concentrates on making model-building easy, fast and intuitive.

Statistical Outputs

FlexSim CT provides real-time statistics collection of many key performance measures, including:

  • Berth productivity
  • Ship queueing and wait times
  • Crane utilization
  • Truck queueing and wait times
  • Yard content and container dwell times
  • Yard equipment utilization
  • Gate throughput and turn times