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Design of Volvo Ocean Yacht Race Winner Aided by Hyperworks

Volvo Ocean Race Competitor: Image courtesy of Volvo Ocean Race

Altair Engineering's HyperWorks CAE platform aided in design by Italy's [AB]structures of Volvo Ocean Race winner Altair's CAE (Computer Aided Engineering) suite was used by Italian designers [AB]structures to structurally design the Groupama Sailing Team yacht Groupama 4, winner of the 2011-2012 Volvo Ocean Race. The yacht, skippered by Franck Cammas, claimed victory in the Volvo Ocean Race on July 9 in Galway, Ireland, after nine months and more than 37,000 nautical miles sailed around the world under the harshest conditions. It has been a busy year for [AB]structures, taking on the structural design of three of the six yachts in the 2011-2012 edition of the race. The design engineers employed several HyperWorks tools in the development of the successful yachts. They used HyperMesh, the meshing tool of the suite, to create finite element models, OptiStruct for optimization, the RADIOSS solver for linear and non-linear analysis, and HyperView to post-process the results. These tools were used extensively to design and optimize the carbon structures of all three Volvo Open 70 yachts and to help again achieve fundamental structural improvements over older-generation race competitors. [AB]structures say they intend to continue working with Altair and HyperWorks on current and future projects, for example the Artemis Racing AC72 catamaran and wings for the 34th America's Cup 2013.


Kelvin Hughes, Supplier for World Yacht Race

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Kelvin Hughes has become the official supplier of electronic and paper charts for the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race. During the race, ten identical stripped down ocean racing yachts will battle it out over 35,000 miles. Kelvin Hughes will be supplying Admiralty electronic and paper charts and their Chart Correction Team is busy updating the Clipper chart outfits, providing ten folios ahead of the race start from the Humber on 13 September.


Inmarsat 3Q Results

FleetBroadband from Inmarsat will will cover the Volvo Ocean Race.

Inmarsat Holdings Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Inmarsat plc (LSE: ISAT), provider of global mobile satellite communications services, reported unaudited consolidated financial results for the 3 months ended 30 September 2008. Q3 2008 Highlights •    Revenue up 16.4% to $162.5m (2007: $139.6m) •    EBITDA up 15.4% to $112.3m (2007: $97.3m) •    Profit after tax up 58.6% to $37.6m (2007: $23.7m)


Deskbound Sailors Crew Clipper Race Yacht

Photo credit De Lage Landen

Office staff of asset management company De Lage Landen make up crew for 'De Lage Landen Clipper' in Round the World Race With 37,000 nautical miles of a unique corporate adventure under their belts, the corporate staff of De Lage Landen, a global provider of asset-based financial products, is about to set off on the final New York to Southampton, England leg of the Clipper Round the World Race.  DLL staff members from U.S. headquarters in Wayne, and from offices in Duluth, Ga


Cheoy Lee Yachts "Expresses" Interest in Racing

CL-Alpha boat in action. (Photo: Cheoy Lee Shipyards Limited)

Do yachting and racing mix? Yes, when powerboat veteran Gene Weeks, his wife, Paula and yacht builder, Cheoy Lee Shipyards, join the Powerboat P1 Superstock Series. When the venerable Cheoy Lee Motoryachts took advantage of the market evolution from super-yachts to smaller, sleeker Express Yachts, the company tapped the expertise of Gene Weeks who raced and had helped build brands like Donzi and Statement. Weeks and his wife, a mechanical and motorsports-savvy woman, moved to Doumen


Naples, Italy, Venue for 2013 America's Cup World Series

Americas Cup World Series Contestant: Photo credit CCL Team NZ

The best yacht sailors in the world will return to Naples, Italy from April 16-21 for the first America’s Cup World Series event of 2013. Naples originally hosted the America’s Cup World Series in April 2012, drawing over 500,000 spectators on site, with the racing on the water highlighted by a spectacular debut from the Italian Luna Rossa Challenge team, who won the fleet racing and finished in second place in the match racing.


Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Entries Surge

Wild Oats Xl: Photo credit Rolex

This year's fleet for the 68th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race in December reaches 60 already. 'Wild Oats Xl' the boat to beat. The boat to beat for line honours this year will be Bob Oatley‘s super maxi Wild Oats XI, skippered by Mark Richards. It was beaten into second place last year by Anthony Bell’s Investec Loyal, which won by a margin of only three minutes and eight seconds, the fourth closest finish in the history of the race.


Vendee Globe Race Victim Limps Off to Brazil

Vincent Riou, PRB: Photo credit Vendee Globe

Armel Le Cléac’h still leads the race while Vincent Riou aboard 'PRB' becomes the 7th boat to retire in 15 days of racing. Vincent Riou, onboard his boat PRB, has retired from the race. Two days ago he collided with a large floating metal buoy and damaged his hull. After 48hrs of assessing whether a repair was possible, he reluctantly decided to retire from the race. He is the 7th  to retire in the race in 15 days and there are now 13 boats remaining


Viking Goes Blue Water

Chairman Torstein Hagen & Viking Star: Image credit Viking Ocean Cruises

Viking Cruises launch Viking Ocean Cruises, the first new cruise line in nearly a decade. Developed from the ground up to return the focus of cruising to the destination, Viking Ocean Cruises will begin sailing in May 2015 with its first vessel—Viking Star—embarking on maiden voyages in Scandinavia and the Baltic; and the Western and Eastern Mediterranean. The company says it  has aggressive expansion plans in both the ocean and river cruise categories


Shipowners' P&I Club Sponsors Thames Sailing Barge Match

The Shipowners’ P&I Club is sponsoring the Mark Boyle Memorial Thames Sailing Barge Match which takes place on July 13, 2013 in this its 150th anniversary year. The event is held this year in memory of Captain Mark Boyle, who revived the event in 1995 and organized it each year until his untimely death last year aged 55. The Match was the brainchild of Henry Dodd a wealthy London businessman from humble origins who built his business on waste transportation by sailing-barge from


Maersk Line named race partner for the Volvo Ocean Race

The world’s largest container shipping company, Maersk Line, is the official shipping partner for the Volvo Ocean Race, the pre-eminent round-the-world yacht race. The race takes place from 4 October 2014 to 27 June 2015. During the nine month race, seven 65-foot (19


ONR Researchers Explore a Changing Arctic

Photo by Bill Shaw, Naval Postgraduate School

As sea ice continues to recede at a record pace in the Arctic, officials at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) on April 14 announced new efforts to determine the pace of change in what some are calling Earth's final frontier. Scientists sponsored by ONR have traveled to the Beaufort Sea in the


Robotic Submarine Begins Flight MH370 Search

Bluefin 21 on deck: Image courtesy of Bluefin Robotics

 An international search has focused on waters west of the Australian city of Perth, with teams racing against time to detect signals before the flight recorder batteries – which last about one month – run out, are to send down a [Bluefin Robotics manufactured] Bluefin 21 AUV


Yacht Race from Hong Kong to the Philippines

Approximately 34 yachts are expected to participate in a race from Hong Kong to the Philippines will take place from April 16-21, GAC said in its daily Hot Port News report. The race will commence on Wednesday, April 16 at 1:20 p.m. off the Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter


SCIGRIP Sponsors World Cup Solar Challenge Boat Team

Image: SCIGRIP

SCIGRIP, a global supplier of smart adhesive solutions, announced it is sponsoring the Polish Green Solar Team in the DONG World Cup Solar Power Challenge 2014, taking place in Holland this summer. Participants must complete the 150-mile staged course from June 28-July 5 in highly customized


Northern Sea Route Usable 125 Days by 2050: New Report

Frontispiece image credit IPCC

The recently released Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report – ' Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability' – finds that the effects of climate change are already occurring on all continents and across the oceans


Incoming President Celebrates IMarEST’s 125th Anniversary

Explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes at the IMarESTs annual dinner at the Guildhall

Protecting the world and its oceans remains the focus of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) as it celebrates its 125th anniversary, says its new president, Richard Vie, VP Technical Development and Quality Assurance, Corporate Shipbuilding, Carnival Corporation


Presentations Illustrate Dimensions of Accurate Marine Mapping

The Ocean Dimensions animation helps users visualize how ocean data can apply to several dimensions

Two new products—the Ocean Dimensions animation and Crowded Ocean Spaces: A 3D View visualization—explain why two-dimensional marine maps cannot tell the whole story. Understanding this fact helps viewers gain a more accurate picture of marine-siting conflicts and compatibilities


Ocean Osprey is Ready to Serve in Norway

Ocean Osprey (Photo: Zamakona Yards)

Zamakona Yards announced that the newly built vessel Ocean Osprey arrived to Scotland last week to soon begin operating in the Martin Linge offshore oilfields to support the works of Norwegian company Total E & P. Ocean Osprey was launched January 31 at Zamakona’s facility in Pasajes


Royal Australian Navy Chairs Indian Ocean Symposium

IONS: Photo credit RAN

The Royal Australian Navy is currently chairing the group of world navies whose nations share boundaries with the Indian Ocean at he biennial Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) which was established in 2008 as a forum to increase maritime cooperation among the littoral states of the Indian Ocean


AEUK Sponsors Submarine Race Team

Atlas Elektronik UK (AEUK) announced that it has been welcomed on board as one of the sponsors of the Bath University Team (BURST) for this year’s European International Submarine Race (eISR) to be held July 7-11, 2014 in Gosport. AEUK said it decided to sponsor the team due to the


Oman Children Get Taste for the Sea Aboard GAC Pindar

Oman children aboard GACPindar: Photo GAC

Ship service company, GAC, inform that 5 boys and girls from Oman Childcare Centre joined the GAC Pindar crew on board their 40ft racing catamaran on Day 2 of the Extreme Sailing Series. The children's visit to the boat was part of GAC’s continuing support for the local communities that


With an Interceptor, a RHIB and a Cat

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Two extreme AC72 foiling catamarans with wing sails went head-to-head at over 40 knots in San Francisco Bay, California. The teams were competing in the 2013 Americas Cup Challenge which took place from September 7-21, 2013. Anyone watching the first few days of Americas Cup sailing will know


DryShips to Make US$500-Million Notes Offering

Greece's DryShips Inc. through its majority owned subsidiary, Ocean Rig UDW Inc., informs that it intends to offer $500 million in aggregate principal amount of senior notes due 2019 in a private offering within the United States to qualified institutional buyers pursuant to Rule 144A under the


Port2Port Maritime Security UKAS Certified

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Port2Port Maritime Security Ltd. has been awarded full certification / accreditation for ISO 28000: ISO/PAS 28007. Following a rigorous validation process, Port2Port is independently certified through MSS Global via the UK Accreditation Service (UKAS)


 
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