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OSD Rolls Out New Harbor Tug Design

Azistern 2870 (Photo: OSD)

Offshore Ship Designers (OSD) has launched a new tug design as part of its expanding portfolio of fuel-efficient vessels. The 390 gt Azistern 2870 harbor tug has a hard chine hull form which optimizes energy-saving during transit and results in a very low wash. It has a bollard pull of 70 metric tons and a maximum speed of 12 knots. Providing accommodation for six persons, it has an overall length of 28.3 m, and a breadth of 11.5 m. The Azistern 2870 has been designed with multiple deck equipment options, the installation of which are dependent on specific end-user preference.

Deltamarin Joins GTT for LNG-Powered Ship Designs

The 2,300 TEU container feeder concept used as one of the platforms in the cooperation project between Deltamarin and GTT. Image: Deltamarin Ltd

Finnish ship designer Deltamarin, part of AVIC Group, together with France's Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT), an engineering company involved in membrane containment systems for transport and storage of LNG, has studied the use of membrane-type tanks on cargo and passenger vessels. For quite some time now, Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) has been an established fuel alternative for short sea shipping routes and also acts as a complementary fuel for longer routes. Deltamarin’s references include various vessels with LNG capabilities…

Offshore Ship Designers Create New Resource

Three offshore, ship and tug design and technical consulting companies have joined forces to provide a new one-stop resource for oil companies, offshore operators, tug owners, ports and shipyards. Offshore Ship Designers, based in Ijmuiden, the Netherlands, bring together the skills, experience, innovation and workforce of naval architects and engineers of Dutch companies Sea of Solutions BV, WorldWise Marine BV and UK-based IMT Marine Consultants. The formation of Offshore Ship Designers follows the acquisition of the majority shareholding in IMT by Sea of Solutions and WorldWise Marine, which was completed at the end of 2006. Current projects underway at OSD include the design of a pipelay/derrick vessel with a 3…

ClassNK Updates PrimeShip-HULL(HCSR) System

To date, more than 800 PrimeShip-HULL(HCSR) licenses have been provided to more than 90 shipyards for design support system to ship designers worldwide. In response to the latest amendments to the IACS Common Structural Rules for Bulk Carriers and Oil Tankers (CSR BC & OT), ClassNK has released its latest version, PrimeShip-HULL(HCSR) Ver. 3.0.0. Adopted in 2013, the CSR BC & OT were designed to enhance safety and reliability. Although they represent a major step forward for ship safety, they also present a number of new challenges for shipyards and designers due largely to the increase in overall vessel design time. To alleviate the burden of these new rules on ship designers and cut down the required man hours…

OSD Opens China Design Office

The Offshore Ship Designers group has opened a design office in . Initially staffed with six naval architects it will provide design resources to OSD’s European partners and also provide Asian shipyards with innovative tug and offshore support vessel designs. OSD has recently undergone a change in partners with the acquisition by ’s Ulstein Group of one of the founding partners, Dutch heavy offshore vessel designer . OSD now consists of the combined resources of WorldWise Marine, the specialist tug design and consultancy, and IMT Marine Consultants, which has a strong portfolio of offshore support vessels of all types. Offshore Ship Designers Group (OSD) is a global one-stop resource delivering naval architecture and marine engineering skills to the shipping and offshore energy industries.

Intergraph, LR to Team on Ship Interface

Intergraph Corporation reached an agreement with Lloyd's Register to build an interface between Intergraph's IntelliShip multi-discipline ship design software, and the Lloyd's Register assessment applications, RulesCalc and ShipRight SDA. The interface will result in significantly greater efficiencies in the classification process for Lloyd's Register classed ships. IntelliShip coupled with this new interface will improve the overall ship design, certification, construction and commissioning process. Shipyards and ship designers can readily check the model created in IntelliShip against Lloyd's Register's classification rules, eliminating redundant modeling and reducing errors.

Offshore Ship Designer Sets up in Singapore

Photo courtesy Merlin Corporate Communications

IJmuiden-based Offshore Ship Designers (OSD) has opened a design office in Singapore. The office will provide a local liaison point for customers building ships in Asia which were designed in the Dutch and UK offices of OSD, and also provide a local solution for design projects for companies based in Singapore. “We already have a successful design and newbuilding supervision office in Shanghai,” said Michiel Wijsmuller, managing director of OSD. “But as Singapore is rapidly strengthening as a hub for offshore activities, it is important for us to have a company there.

New Hull Structure Analysis Software

The Korean Register (KR) released SeaTrust-HullScan, a software solution to analyze and appraise a vessel’s hull structure in accordance with the new harmonized common structural rules (CSR-H). SeaTrust–HullScan is a new ship design support program that enables ship designers and ship builders to accurately apply IACS CSR-H and all subsequent amendments when designing and constructing a vessel. SeaTrust–HullScan was developed in-house and has been rigorously verified with the major Korean shipyards.

Aveva Element Analysis for Shipbuilders

Aveva (LSE:AVV) announced the release of Aveva Hull Finite Element Modeller, a new addition to the Aveva Marine portfolio which accelerates and simplifies the stress analysis of ship structures. Ship designers use of Finite Element Analysis (FEA) to ensure that hull structures comply with strength criteria and achieve low levels of vibration for maximum passenger comfort. FEA is a computational technique for stress and vibration analysis which entails the idealisation of a physical structure as a mesh of a very large number of small elements. (www.aveva.com/marine)

New Book Targets Better Ship Design

Improving Ship Operational Design, second edition (Image: The Nautical Institute)

Bad ship design can make life onboard difficult and uncomfortable, cause accidents and even kill. Naval architects have a huge responsibility, but few of them have direct experience of how their designs affect those who use them. Improving Ship Operational Design, published by The Nautical Institute, hopes to make maritime operations safer and more effective by giving ship designers an insight into how those onboard work and live. The book was launched at the Royal Institution of Naval Architects’ (RINA) conference…

Tribon Solutions Releases Tribon.com 3.0

Tribon Solutions announces that Tribon.com version 3.0, which will be available in January 2002, will bring new effective search functionalities and easily downloadable components through a new browser tree and component structure to further improve the interaction between ship designers and suppliers.

OSD Appoints Technical Director

Offshore Ship Designers (OSD) strengthened its design teams by appointing Andrew Richards as Technical Director of OSD-IMT, its subsidiary. He was born in where he trained and worked as a naval architect before moving to the in 2007. Since then he has worked as a naval architect at OSD's Montrose office. His responsibilities include increasing productivity through training and better organization, maintaining client relationships, ensuring the quality of OSD services and identifying future areas of expansion.  

WorldWise Marine Launches Propulsion Optimization Program

WorldWise Marine, part of the Offshore Ship Designers group, has launched a propulsion and power optimization program, OPROSYS, which evaluates the best propulsion and power generation packages for emergency towing vessels.

Interferry Welcomes IMO Decision on LNG Fuel Tank Placement

Interferry has welcomed a decision at last week’s IMO Maritime Safety Committee meeting (MSC94) setting out rules for the location of fuel tanks on LNG-powered ships, a decision that the trade association said will safeguard further development of the LNG option. Following concerted cross industry coordination, member states agreed a way forward that offers impact protection of the tanks in the event of collision or grounding while avoiding the potentially prohibitive requirements of proposals previously under discussion. Until now the IMO’s efforts to avoid damage to LNG tanks and the consequent fire hazard have focused on placement of the tanks according to a mix of prescriptive rules and sophisticated calculation models…

Vietnam Receives New Ship Technology

The Viet Nam Ship Buiding Industry Corporation (Vinashin) with assistance from the Ship Design and Research Centre (CTO) of Poland, opened a training course for 30 local ship designers in Ha Noi on Oct. 13, according to a report on www.vnanet.com. Under the course, Polish experts will transfer advanced shipbuilding technology to the Vietnamese engineers, who will have opportunities to access the most sophisticated ship designing software. As part of the three-month course, local trainees will join Polish experts in designing the 104,000-ton Aframax ship. Vinashin set itself a target of being capable of designing 60,000-tonne ships by 2008. To that aim, the corporation has sent a group of designers to Poland to study the building of 100,000-tonne vessels.

MAN Diesel & Turbo, MM-Offshore Partner

Pictured at the signing ceremony at Nor-Shipping (from left): Jan Hamann – President MM-Offshore; Helge Schmale – General Manager MM-Offshore; Jens Ring Nielsen – Senior Manager Propeller and Aft Ship, MAN Diesel & Turbo; and Poul Knudsgaard – Vice President and Head of Propeller and Aftship, MAN Diesel & Turbo (Photo: MAN Diesel & Turbo)

At a signing ceremony on June 1 at the Nor-Shipping trade fair in Norway, engines manufacturer MAN Diesel & Turbo signed a cooperation agreement with ship equipment supplier MM-Offshore. The impetus for the agreement stems from industry efforts to enhance ship performance. These have resulted in highly efficient propulsion and maneuvering systems with both now optimized – individually – essentially to perfection. He added, “A number of recent projects have already documented how beneficial such a combined optimization could be for ship designers…

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.

ClassNK and Tribon Offer Different Options

The Japanese classification society ClassNK and Tribon Solutions offer time savings in the early phases of ship design through a new software interface. As part of a program to facilitate cooperation between ship designers and classification societies through digital data transfer, the Japanese classification society ClassNK and software provider Tribon Solutions have developed a direct interface between the Tribon Shipbuilding system and ClassNK PrimeShip. This new capability offers efficient data transfer and cost reductions in the early ship design phases. As a result of this integrated process, ship designers will be able to examine multiple design alternatives in a shorter time allowing more detailed analysis of structural strength and steel weight.

Keel Marine Selects Paramarine Ship Design Software

Keel Marine Wind Farm Hull.

Keel Marine selects Paramarine as their ship design software platform. Paramarine advanced marine design software, developed by QinetiQ GRC, has been selected by Keel Marine to replace their in-house developed ship design software. For nearly fifty years Keel Marine, who are based in the UK, has delivered naval architecture and marine engineering services globally to an impressive range of commercial and government entities. Keel Marine has established a reputation for excellence and high standards…

Offshore Ship Designers Call for Greener Designs

Offshore vessel designer, Offshore Ship Designers (OSD), says going green is no longer just an expensive option, and it is no longer just about containing noxious emissions and oil spills. A global focus on carbon dioxide emission reduction means that going green is both a challenge and a business opportunity for offshore service vessel (OSV) operators. Writing in its regular newsletter Design Waves, Neil Patterson, managing director of IMT Marine Consultants, part of OSD, says, “The public wants cuts in greenhouse gases, and has zero tolerance for marine pollution. Expect to see oil companies responding by going green across the board. There are already signs that oil companies will give preference to chartering ships which produce fewer carbon emissions.

Offshore Ship Designers Series

Three recent deliveries highlight the series of offshore support vessels designed by the Offshore Ship Designers group. The VOS Pathfinder completes a series of five basic IMT955 Standby vessels built at Astilleros Zamakona, Spain, for Vroon Offshore Services. The 180 ft loa VOS Pathfinder was contracted in October to HRL Centrica for a five-year period working in the Morecambe Bay gas field. Also recently delivered are the VOS Pioneer and VOS Prospector, the first two of ten IMT 955-L Field Support Vessels building at Astilleros Zamakona, Spain for Vroon Offshore.

China PSV Ship Design Contract for UK's OSD

Photo courtesy of OSD

Offshore Ship Designers UK division OSD-IMT has been awarded a contract to supply the design for a modified version of its IMT 982 Platform Supply Vessel to be built at the new shipyard facility of Honghua Offshore Oil & Gas Equipment in Jiangsu, China. The contract is the result of increased marketing and technical collaboration between OSD group companies. It is contracted through OSD-Shanghai, with OSD-Singapore providing design engineering technical support to OSD Shanghai for design modification.

Wiernicki: Class' Move into Ship Design "Dangerous"

ABS President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki has warned that a move into ship design by some class societies creates a fundamental conflict of interest with their role as independent providers of safety approval and certification. Wiernicki used his keynote address at the Houston Mare Forum USA conference to question the rationale of some class societies in promoting energy-optimized designs created in-house, a development he described as ‘deeply troubling’. Wiernicki said the issue went to the heart of the underlying principle for classification…

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