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ClassNK Releases First Harmonized CSR Software


ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) has released the world’s first software package for use with the new IACS Harmonized Common Structural Rules (CSR) for bulk carriers and oil tankers, which were released at the beginning of July 2012.   The release makes ClassNK the first classification society to release Harmonized CSR compliant software for use by the maritime industry. IACS’ new Harmonized CSR have been widely anticipated as the next step in shipbuilding requirements, not only unifying the existing CSR for bulk carriers and tankers, which were introduced in 2006, but also incorporating the IMO’s Goal Based Standards (GBS) with the aim of further rationalizing shipbuilding regulations. In order to incorporate input from industry groups and end-users, IACS released the first draft of the rules for public comment on 1 July 2012.   ClassNK Executive Vice President Takuya Yoneya, who oversaw the leading class society’s development of the new software, says that the Harmonized CSR will have a major impact on shipbuilding and design: “As a new set of global requirements for the industry, new software will be essential for yards and designers to efficiently test and implement the new rules. By releasing this new software for use with the first draft of the new Harmonized CSR, we hope to make it easier for yards and designers around the world to familiarize themselves with the new requirements

Ship Design and Construction Software Solutions

Illustration of some shipbuilding methods in England, 1858.  Credit: From Charles Knight’s Pictorial Gallery of Arts, England, 1858. Shipbuilding illustrated.

Tech morphs design loft into loftier designs; Earlier decision making, modularity cut time and labor costs From the design loft to loftier designs and better-built ships, software has changed the face, and build, of nautical vessels. The far-reaching impact of ship design and construction software on the marine industry cannot be overstated, especially in an era of increasing regulation, bigger, sometimes more complex ships, and razor-thin margins.  

Ship Software Aids Optimal Speed Choice

Eniram claims new software will radically change management of speed, engine use, and fuel consumption Eniram’s new product, Optimum Speed Assistant (OSA), is an onboard decision support tool that enables a ship’s crew to attain the optimum speed profile for each voyage, allowing vessels to maintain a constant performance and arrive in port at the right time. The software, which builds on Eniram’s existing Dynamic Trimming Assistant

Euroship Installs Software on New Bulk Carrier Vessels

Lowlands Saguenay

U.K.-based Marine Software Ltd. have delivered Marine Planned Maintenance, Marine Storekeeper and Marine Purchasing software packages to Ship Managers Euroship Services for their new build handysize Bulk Carrier vessels, Lowlands Saguenay and Lowlands Boreas (35,000 DWT). Constructed at the Zhejiang East Coast Shipbuilding yard, these Cobelfret owned vessels will also be equipped with Marine Software's integrated barcode package to assist with on-board spare parts management.

SDARI Inks Agreement for INTERSCHALT Loading Software

Mr Hu Jintao, President of the chinese ship designer SDARI, (middle) and Mr Wang Jun, Director R&D Departmant at SDARI (left) agree with Mr Robert Gärtner, CEO of the maritime software provider INTERSCHALT, the co-operation for MACS3 loading computer.  (Photo: Interschalt)

INTERSCHALT maritime systems AG, a maritime software and services provider of loading computers on board containerships, signed a cooperation agreement with the Shanghai Ship Research and Design Institute (SDARI) in Shanghai for the provision of MACS3 loading software for containerships, bulk carriers and tankers built in Chinese shipyards using SDARI designs. MACS3 provides INTERSCHALT with an approx. 65% market share of the approx. 6,000 container ships currently in existence worldwide

UASC Implements Container Stowage Software

The stowage of the 18,800 TEU UASC Barzan will be supported by the software StowMan[s]. (Photo: INTERSCHALT)

INTERSCHALT maritime systems AG announced it will equip the fleet of the liner shipping company United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) with the stowage planning software StowMan[s].   Developed in cooperation with the IT University of Copenhagen and launched in September 2014, the stowage planning software particularly stands out with the unsurpassed speed with which it can create multiple plans for optimizing container stowage on board, INTERSCHALT said

Labroy Shipbuilding Purchases Autoship System

Autoship Systems Corporation (ASC) has sold CAD/CAM software to Labroy Shipbuilding and Engineering Pte Ltd (Labroy) of Singapore. Labroy's network installation of Autoship Pro, Autopower, Autohydro Pro, Autoplate and Autostructure will undergo a major transformation. First, existing software will be upgraded to present versions, and another seat of each of Autoship Pro and Autostructure will be added. The sale will also augment Labroy's software suite with three seats of Production

New CADCAM Solution

Working in cooperation, Napa Ltd and DRS Defense Solutions, LLC, Advanced Marine Technology Center (DRS DS AMTC) have created a new interface between NAPA and MAESTRO software. Interfacing these two products will increase efficiency in the early stage of ship structural design, analysis and evaluation process by allowing the designer to leverage one 3D model from start to finish within the scope of structural design and direct analysis

Bore, NAPA & ClassNK Team for Energy Consumption Study

Bore Sea-3 WEB.jpg

Saving energy on fleet operations is a top line concern for every vessel owner, large and small. 110-year-old Finnish shipowner Bore teamed with NAPA and ClassNK to help identify energy waste on not only its ships operating today, but those planned for tomorrow. As global environmental legislative mandates and rapidly escalating fuel prices cumulatively conspire to drive ship owners to find and eliminate energy waste on commercial marine vessels

Newport News Selects Paramarine Design Software

The aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). Photo by Chris Oxley

QinetiQ’s Paramarine Ship and Submersible Design Software has been selected by Newport News Shipbuilding (NSS) as its primary naval architectural software. QinetiQ Paramarine Software will be used for all ships designed and built at its shipyard, including use on the U.S. Navy’s latest class of aircraft carriers and to support submarine research and development. As the sole designer, builder and refueler of U.S. Navy aircraft carriers, and one of two providers of U.S

Vesper Marine Debuts New AIS Transponder

XB-6000 (Image: Vesper Marine)

Marine safety products manufacturer Vesper Marine has released a new Class B Automatic Identification System (AIS), the XB-6000. The black box transponder includes a built-in NMEA 2000 gateway and GPS antenna that integrates AIS, GPS and NMEA instrument data to display vital safety information on

SSI Hires Holder for US Sales

SSI has hired CAD/CAM specialist Robert Holder as part of its sales force in the U.S. market.    According to SSI, the hiring is intended to meet the expanding demand for SSI's design and manufacturing solutions in the shipbuilding and offshore industries.  

Royston Appoints New US Distributor

Photo: Royston

Diesel power engineering specialist Royston has appoint a new U.S.-based distributor, citing growing interest in its advanced Enginei marine fuel management and monitoring systems.   The Houma, La.-based Bow 2 Stern Technologies LLC will provide sales and technical service support for the

SSI to Unveil ShipConstructor 2016 R2 at WorkBoat

SSI's latest release, ShipConstructor 2016 R2 will be unveiled for the first time in public at the International WorkBoat Show, December 1-3, in New Orleans.   According to SSI, the new software enhances productivity via new features and benefits

New Automation Software from WAGO

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e!COCKPIT: driving rapid development of automation projects   WAGO’s new software development environment e!COCKPIT supports automation tasks, from hardware configuration, programming, networking and simulation to visualization – in one easy-to-use, intuitive package.  

Presentations by Caterpillar at Baird Conference

Group President of Energy & Transportation Jim Umpleby

  Caterpillar Inc. Group President of Energy & Transportation Jim Umpleby and Director of Investor Relations Rich Moore will speak at the Baird 2015 Industrial Conference on Wednesday, November 11. They are scheduled to speak at 11 a.m. Central Time

Next Generation of RAmparts Tugs for SAAM

Image: Robert Allan Ltd.

Chilean maritime services and logistics company SAAM S.A. has signed a contract with naval architecture firm Robert Allan Ltd. for a new generation of RAmparts 2400-W Class tugs.   The first two boats for SAAM’s Peruvian affiliate TRAMARSA, named Chincha and Tupac

DNV GL'S Synergi Water Models Open Channel Flow

Synergi Water modules

With the new release of Synergi Water software, water network engineers can model open channel flow, providing a more efficient and time saving design process with more accurate results. Efficient water network design Many water systems include a network of open channels to transport water

Electronic Charts on a Paper Scale

Image: Alphatron Marine

JRC and Alphatron Marine have launched a new digital AlphaChartTable comprising of a dramatically increased 46-inch touch display where routes can be planned on a “paper chart” scale.   By use of the digital chart table, navigators are now given an intuitive and user friendly

Moffatt & Nichol Hires Chief Software Architect

Brian Yoder (Photo: Moffatt & Nichol)

Brian Yoder has joined Moffatt & Nichol as Chief Software Architect at its Long Beach, Calif. office to help manage the software product development of FlexTerm, a simulation and emulation tool developed mainly for the container terminal planning, the terminal operating system testing

IRS Software for Common Structural Rule

IRCSR Courtesy IRS

  IRClass has announced the release of new technical software, IR-CSR, for verification and compliance of oil tankers and bulk carriers against recently mandated Common Structural Rules (CSR) by the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS).

New TOS Live at Houston’s Barbours Cut

Terminal operating system (TOS) implementation sought to increase vessel productivity and minimize truck turnaround time at the Port of Houston Authority   Barbours Cut Container Terminal (BCT), part of the Port of Houston Authority, has completed its implementation of the Navis N4 terminal

ABB’s Norway Integrated Ops Center

Photo courtesy of ABB

ABB has unveiled a new Integrated Operations Center which allows ship owners to take greater control of their fleet from shore.   From the center, situated in Billingstad in Norway, its expert engineers can connect to any vessel anywhere in the world which is fitted with ABB technology

Hard Problems Demand Soft(ware) Solutions


Make no mistake, the commercial maritime industry will always revolve around heavy duty machinery and mega-machines designed to weather some of the toughest operating conditions on earth. But in recent years a proliferation of Software Solutions has evolved to help the machines operate more

Cadmatic Used for Alaska Ferry Design

The Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) has awarded the Alaska Class Ferry project to Vigor Alaska shipyard in Ketchikan, Alaska, where construction is currently underway. Providing production design for the ferry is Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering consultancy Glosten

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