editorial 6 Seaway Heavy Lifting sees the benefits of real-time
simulation Report interviews Jan-Peter Breedeveld, SHL Engineering Director about the company’s participation in the OBELICS JIP and the value of real-time simulation for the offshore industry.
9 New initiatives aim to increase the safety of oil and gas
offloading operations The Offloading Operations Joint Industry Project bridges the gap between real world operations and numerical tools.
10 OBELICS successfully concludes after two years The OBELICS JIP results in the development of an engineering and operation simulator
suitable for both designing and training purposes.
12 Logistical scenario analysis for hydrodynamic applications To calculate the operability of the whole logistics chain MARIN has developed the
hydrodynamic scenario analysis program ScenSim.
13 Freeware for Speed/Power Trial analysis released The new STAIMO software for Speed/Power Trial analysis and reporting on board was
released in January for use by the worldwide maritime industry free of charge. 14 aNySIM – a versatile hydrodynamics engineering tool –
for now and for the future During the past 10 years, MARIN has successfully developed and used the time domain simulation program aNySIM.
15 Real time bridge simulations for Sofec ‘bring design to life’ Sofec is designing a new FSRU and asked MARIN to evaluate and optimise the
offloading procedure. 16 Several Arctic JIP initiatives are underway with a focus on
safety and sustainability The ‘Arctic Operations Handbook’ project delivered a document with its recommendations for enhancing safe, reliable and sustainable operations in Arctic regions.
18 Boskalis tests new operation on bridge simulator Boskalis Offshore is working on a project for the installation of two submarine power
cables between Java and Bali.
19 Hull integrity assessment of FPSOs for 20 years! Today fatigue is assessed on board FPSOs with advanced hull monitoring systems with
automatic and extensive data analyses.
20 Combined efforts on TOTAL’s CLOV FPSO MARIN carried out model tests, real-time simulations and a full-scale monitoring
campaign considering different operational and design aspects of the CLOV FPSO.
22 Emissions reduction initiative in the Port of Rotterdam Studies show that carrying out ship emission calculations, based on AIS data, can offer
23 New North Sea route structure successfully implemented Rijkswaterstaat used MARIN’s expertise concerning risk assessments, safety studies and
traffic analysis to initiated major changes in the overall route structure on the Dutch part of the North Sea.
Bas Buchner President
This link between engineering and operations got a boost when Shell recognised that the offloading operation of LNG FPSOs was such an important factor in the operability of such system, that the evaluation of the operation on full mission bridge simulators was an integrated part of the development. Later this became an important issue for offshore (DP) heavy lift operations, where the operation is so complex that it cannot be developed without proper interaction between the engineers and the operational people.
Such interaction is possible on full mission bridge simulators with everybody present, in turn bridging the gap between engineers and operators. Experience tells us that the ‘human factor’ is extremely important. It is about cooperation, communication, workload and stress. In that respect there is one important feature on a simulator that is not present in reality - a pause/rewind button – and this is used regularly.
‘Bridging the gap’ between knowledge and application and engineering and opera- tions, is what we try to do at MARIN. A theme we explore in this edition of Report.
When asked what MARIN is doing as a maritime research institute, I always say: “We are trying to make ships and offshore structures cleaner, safer and smarter.” We are essentially trying to bridge the gap between shipbuilders and ship owners, the office and fleet, and between engineers and operators.
Actually this is not new. When MARIN was founded over 80 years ago, the initiators were the major ship owners in The Netherlands. They wanted to know about the behaviour of their ships before they were built. Besides model testing, MARIN’s activities have since been extended to calculations, bridge simulators and full-scale monitoring. This provides new opportunities to serve our clients: model tests and simulations in the design stage can now be coupled to the operational phase through our bridge simulators and full-scale monitoring.
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