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6 Floating Islands one step closer to realisation Space@Sea highlights the potential of modular floating islands and their ability to


provide sustainable and affordable workspaces at sea.


8 Could a transatlantic hyperloop trip become an alternative to flying? Intercontinental flights are one of the main ways to connect, but we need a more sustainable mobility solution for the future. How about a floating hyperloop?


9 Assisting the fishing industry MARIN performs everything from hydrodynamic loads on nets to hull optimisation studies


10 Growing interest in floating food production As the world population continues to climb, food production at sea is likely to become


an increasingly important resource. Here we present two interesting research initiatives.


12 Five fascinating projects tackle the latest offshore and shipping topics These JIPs examine the potential of a partially floating energy hub, improved bubble screen use, a methodology for testing and evaluating control sytems, the mechanical loading of electrical cables, and wind assisted ship propulsion.


14 aNySIM calculates the real-time mooring line tensions on board the Aoka Mizu FPSO The existing structural monitoring system is extended with a time domain software tool.


16 MARIN’s new ‘FlowPike’ makes ship-scale flow measurements possible Using a stereoscopic PIV setup with two cameras, the FlowPike is able to measure all three velocity components inside a two-dimensional plane


17 ‘The Atmosphere’ opens New facility offers researchers a precisely controlled testing environment.


18 Understanding and optimising human operator performance Taking a human-centred design approach – from the concept definition phase to execution.


20 A risk assessment of existing operations Risk assessment performed for SacTun Port to investigate whether tug assistance during


manoeuvres would make nautical operations safer.


21 The path towards zero emission shipping Building and testing prototype Engine Rooms of the Future.


22 Can bridge simulations support conceptual design? MARIN and partners develop a Virtual Vessel Framework in which real-time bridge


simulations can be used to make key decisions in the concept design stage, leading to improved performance and potential cost reductions.


24 SafeTrans as a Service! SafeTrans is set to become a web-based application, giving users the many benefits


from the comfort of their home office.


26 Farwind: an energising design concept Farwind has led to the development of a multihull that is fully propelled by the wind.


27 Pushboat design adapts to climate change Pushboat operators face the transition to zero emission propulsion, in combination with


longer periods of low water. MARIN extends the scope of its design support.


Bas Buchner President


report 3 Dear Reader,


A few years ago MARIN adopted the motto: ‘Better Ships, Blue Oceans’. It is in line with our mission: to make ships cleaner, safer and smarter and to contribute to a sustainable use of the seas.


Firstly, we want to play a role in developing ‘Better ships’. The goal of our research is not to be more and more precise, but to become more and more relevant in improving ships. We want to achieve zero emissions and zero accidents. As I once discussed with a client: answers have to be accurate and not just precise.


And then ‘Blue Oceans’. Here we want to contribute to sustainable food, energy and resources from the seas and oceans. We are convinced that ‘Blue Growth’ is the future for the maritime sector.


In that sense ‘Blue Oceans’ is also a nod to the ‘Blue Ocean Strategy’ by Chan Kim & Renée Mauborgne in their famous book. To quote them: “Red oceans are all the industries in existence today – the known market space. Companies try to outperform their rivals to grab a greater share of existing demand. As the market space gets crowded, profits and growth are reduced. Products become commodities, leading to…‘bloody’ competition. Hence the term red oceans”. Instead they propose the search for Blue oceans: “In blue oceans, demand is created rather than fought over. There is ample opportunity for growth that is both profitable and rapid. A blue ocean is an analogy to describe the wider, deeper potential to be found in unexplored market space. A blue ocean is vast, deep, and powerful in terms of profitable growth.”


In this MARIN Report we are inviting you to explore some of the ideas on and in our Blue Oceans: floating mega islands in the EU project ‘Space@Sea’, new fishing techniques, floating breakwaters for coastal protection, floating solar cells and even a transatlantic hyperloop, to name just a few.


And from 2022 this maritime future can be explored in Virtual and Augmented Reality in our pioneering new facility: the Seven Oceans Simulator centre (SOSc). I hope you enjoy this trip into the maritime future!


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