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Seaway Heavy Lifting sees the benefits of real-time simulation


“ Offshore work is all about being prepared”


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.


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eaway Heavy Lifting, a leading offshore contractor in the global Oil & Gas and renewables industry,


has been a customer of MARIN for many years. Based in Zoetermeer, SHL carried out the concept design studies and tank tests for its pioneering crane vessel Oleg Strashnov at MARIN a decade ago. And more recently, SHL has been actively involved in the OBELICS JIP, which has developed heavy lift and ballast operation simulation software suited for an offshore environment.


Mr Breedeveld, who has been with the company for 22 years, comments that SHL is always looking at new technology and was keen to take part in OBELICS. “When we consider the renewables sector, which often needs several heavy lifts that need to be repeated many times, a new approach is required. With turbines and foundations, we have to produce the same lift every day for weeks on end. Part of my job involves looking at how we can make the process


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more efficient, which was one of the reasons real-time simulation is useful.”


As well as tank tests for the Oleg Strashnov, SHL has worked on a simulation study for motion improvement and multi-body analy- sis with MARIN. During this time it became clear that the companies have good hydro- dynamic analysis capabilities but both wanted to explore the possibilities of ‘con- necting the hydrodynamics packages with the visuals’. Soon a two-year JIP, which has recently concluded, emerged for real-time simulations for companies operating crane and heavy lift vessels.


Simulations for offshore work “Until then we could only do hydro-calculations and plot motions, but we were really keen to develop the visuals and connect them for use in real-time simulations. How could we combine hydrodynamic software and animation to make a valuable engineering tool?” There are of course, crane simulators used for training but MARIN and the partici-


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