The GreenPilot project has converted a pilot boat to methanol operation to show how a methanol conversion of a smaller vessel can be carried out in practice and to demonstrate the emissions reductions that can be achieved. The project began in March 2016 and the partners are ready to share their latest results. Project representatives will be attending the Nor-Shipping 2017 Exhibition, held May 30th to June 2nd in Oslo, to discuss the project. A project seminar will be held in Gothenburg, Sweden on June 15th, 2017. SSPA is committed to developing sustainable solutions for shipping, and we have dedicated experts who are excited to be part of this project team.
Widely used so-called energy efficiency indices and Key Performance Indicators (KPI) measure Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions and there is indeed a connection between energy and emissions, but the distinction should be made clear. In practice, energy efficiency refers to optimisation in hydrodynamics, technical solutions and operational profiles. The challenges of energy efficiency and reducing emissions have to be approached internationally and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has focused on emissions and energy efficiency for a considerable time. An upcoming regulation is the European Union (EU) MRV Regulation 2015/757.
The consequences of global warming may reduce the need for icebreaking assistance in certain shipping areas, but will also open up for increased sea traffic and offshore activities in pristine Arctic areas. This situation provides opportunities to reduce the carbon footprint from maritime transport through reduced fuel consumption in sea areas such as the Gulf of Bothnia and the Gulf of Finland, and also through favourable conditions for transoceanic short cuts in the Northern Sea Route (NSR). But it also entails considerable environmental and safety risks that must be carefully assessed and controlled. SSPA is currently engaged in a number of client assignments and inter-disciplinary research projects related to oil-spill risk assessment and safe traffic management in ice-covered waters.
A demo for investigating the opportunities for using waterways in the city of Gothenburg has recently taken place in Sweden. The DenCity project is studying how waterways can become part of the city transport solution. Cities becomes denser, more people, more goods and more waste needs to be transported. The waterways are almost an untapped resource in Gothenburg. There is a great deal of space available for transporting goods and waste, and moving the transport to waterways would relieve the pressure on the roads and reduce both congestion and noise pollution. SSPA will evaluate how the use of the city waterways could be scaled up and become a commercial solution in the future.
Students and researchers from Chalmers Sports & Technology and SSPA, has together designed and developed an optimist dinghy with supreme capabilities. By using a composite with added graphene, the hull is made stronger and lighter. Hydrofoils are added to lift the boat, decreasing drag and allowing greater speeds. After tests performed in SSPA’s facility, the towing tank, the dinghy was ready to be tried out at sea. By this project, SSPA has increased the practical knowledge concerning the particular challenges of construction, configuration and testing of hydrofoil craft.
We are all aiming to avoid future economic surprises, to “think first” and to make wise decisions. But unfortunately, economic surprises sometimes arise. One of the main reasons for this is that when a new product or system is to be acquired, it is common to investigate only the cost for acquisition, with ownership costs frequently forgotten. Thus, just one part of the life-cycle cost is considered. This well-known problem is often visualised using the famous LCC iceberg, which shows that the acquisition cost is “merely the tip of the iceberg”, and that the ownership costs are hidden under the surface, e.g. cost for human resources, training, repair, upgrades and disposal; costs that constitute the largest part of the total life cycle cost in most scenarios.
During the spring, several projects are performing demo tests with the goal to develop the potential of inland waterways and city logistics in Sweden. SSPA is involved in several of these projects and our experts in logistics and shipping have knowledge to share. Waterways in urban areas have unused capacity which could be used for transport of people, goods and waste. An increased use of inland waterway transport and city logistics can reduce the strain on the road network with positive environmental effects such as less noise and lower emissions.
Under contract with DSME (Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co. Ltd), SSPA has been testing and simulating the hydrodynamics of the new DSME 1400 AIP Class Submarine. SSPA performed the model testing on a scale model, manufactured and equipped with propeller, active aft control surfaces and forward hydroplanes.
The second Marine Renewables Infrastructure Network (MaRINET2) program has recently been launched and SSPA is a partner. The aim of the project is to facilitate research test infrastructures for actors in offshore renewable energy, free of charge. The European Commission Horizon 2020 program supports and finances the project that runs from 2017 to 2021. SSPA offers four major test facilities, Maritime Dynamics Laboratory, Towing Tank, Cavitation Tunnel and a Simulator, that are well suited for marine energy testing.
The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) has procured SSPA to support with revision of technical information for CB90 (Stridsbåt 90H) and the support vessels LTRB (Lätt Trossbåt). The current technical information has become invalid and needs to be updated and modernised regarding content, layout and quality. Using the international documentation standard S1000D, SSPA will produce user-friendly electronic technical information customised specifically for each vessel. This project makes SSPA a part of raising quality and availability of technical information on-board, and part of making the amphibious systems safer and more available.
Ice-free waterways and harbors can be desirable during a greater portion of the year than what might be possible on behalf of nature. A possibility for suppressing ice formation at such locations can be the use of air bubbler systems. SSPA has just finished a project for STA Road Ferries (Färjerederiet) for proposing and comparing different design alternatives and pipe routes for an air bubbler system intended for a ferry route close to Östersund, Sweden.
The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) has delivered updated combat boats, used in the amphibious battalion. The project includes in total 29 combat boats (CB90) that will acquire so called "lifetime extensions". Recently twelve CB90 was finalized and the remaining will be delivered during 2017. The goal is to increase the combat boats operational efficiency and technical availability. SSPA supports FMV with general technical support and expertise throughout this project.
The issue of speed is more complex for RoRo/RoPax vessels than other segments. A Swedish team with researchers from SSPA and the University of Gothenburg has addressed the preconditions for introducing slow steaming in Northern Europe and asked operators in Scandinavian waters how they prepared and have acted under SECA. An article about this study was recently published in HANSA International Maritime Journal.
Sea Traffic Management (STM) is an initiative to establish standardised information sharing with open interfaces. Now the STM Validation Project, which is a continuation of MONA LISA 2.0, starts to validate the Sea Traffic Management concept on 300 ships and in 13 ports, testing real-time information sharing to authorized parties in the maritime transport chain. A large part of the work relies on AIS data processed with the SSPA EGAC (enterprise GIS analytics cluster), which capacity has evolved dramatically during the last few years.
The Swedish maritime industry join forces to put together the best trainee programme for newly graduated Naval Architects. The trainee programme involves different actors in the Swedish maritime industry; shipowners, shipyards, manufacturers, classification societies, authorities and more. SSPA is one of the companies involved in this trainee programme.
Max Salminen, a two-time Swedish Olympic sailor, aims towards the Olympic games in Tokyo 2020. To prepare himself in the best possible way, he wants to find out what rudder is the best for him and his Finn. To find out, he teamed up with Chalmers Sports & Technology and SSPAs experts in hydrodynamics and sailing to test different existing rudders.
Interest in methanol as an alternative fuel for meeting emissions requirements continues to grow, and there are currently both a retrofit solution for a large Ro-Pax ferry and chemical tanker newbuilding projects underway. Methanol is also a good alternative for smaller ships operating on coastal and inland waterways, but has yet to be tested in these applications. SSPA is coordinator of the project, “Sustainable Marine Methanol” (SUMMETH), which is focused on developing methanol solutions for smaller vessels.
Chalmers, Sports & Technology and SSPA collaborates with several Swedish national team sailors and Olympic aspirants for Tokyo 2020. Some of the sailors are students at Chalmers and part of Riksidrottsuniversitet. In the Olympic classes athletes constantly strive to improve performance. To achieve this, they can either make changes on the dinghy or the way they sail. The hydrodynamic experts at SSPA performs different tests in the 260 metres long towing tank.
Currently there is a strong drive in the marine business sector to increase use of alternative fuels for propulsion, e.g. LNG fuelled ships. To supply alternative fuel, ship-to-ship operations play an important role, since it is the only way to transfer required bunker volumes for merchant ships in reasonable time, when terminal supply is restricted to less than a handful locations on an entire continent. Introducing an alternative fuel in large scale requires that the risks are evaluated in an efficient manner. SSPA is invited to present a paper on the Gas Fuelled Ships (GFS) Conference, taking place in Hamburg, 16-18 November. The paper “Simulator based risk management for LNG bunkering”, presents a tool for risk assessment, based on simulations, which is used for development and evaluations of equipment, ships, ports, operations and guidelines.
The development of the BB GREEN Air Supported Vessel has been ongoing for several years. Now, a demonstrator called “AiriEl” has been delivered from the shipyard in Riga to Stockholm for optimisation and sea trials. This Air Supported demo vessel utilizes electric propulsion and the aim is to reach a cruising speed of 25 knots. SSPA has been commissioned by Stockholm County Council to conduct and verify the model tests previously carried out by SSPA for the prototype. The goal is new fast ferries that enables rapid and environmentally friendly public transport in cities.
If looking on this issue from the perspective of a potential ship-to-ship LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) bunker supplier or its client, the most important question is: - Under what circumstances and in which location is it possible to perform a ship-to-ship LNG bunkering operation with an acceptable risk level?
Lowering environmental impact, increasing comfort and control at sea, are effects and characteristics many ship owners and operators are searching for. The Danish shipyard Tuco Marine, in collaboration with Effect Ships International AS, Norway, has taken one step closer to these goals with an 18 metres carbon sandwich Air Supported Vessel (ASV) Soft Motion Demonstrator. The hull solutions has been tested and verified at SSPA.
The Ramform Titan launched a new class of seismic ship that is easily the most powerful and efficient in the world. They quickly recognized that the silent operations and wide stern made her perfect for seismic acquisition. The unique broad stern design and ultra-stable hull enables quick and safe deployment and the retrieval of massive volumes of towed seismic equipment.
The Swedish Maritime Administration (SMA) has procured SSPA to support them with technical expertise in a prestudy regarding a new fleet of icebreakers. The SMA is responsible for the Swedish icebreaking, and owns five icebreakers.
A recent article in the magazine Marine Propulsion & Auxiliary Machinery highlights the growing concern about environmental impact of ship noise emissions. Organisations such as IMO (MEPC), United States’ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and EU (MFSD) are addressing the problem. This has lately been brought to wider public attention through articles published by national newspapers, e.g. The Guardian in the UK and The New York Times in the US.
Marine Propulsion & Auxiliary Machinery highlights SSPA as an example of companies that offer services to help maximise both energy and environmental efficiency: “In addition to offering services such as ship design and hydrodynamics, safety and risk management and alternative fuels, the company offers a portfolio of energy efficiency and environmental tools and services relating to underwater radiated noise.”
A seminar was held in Göteborg to introduce the recently initiated GreenPilot project and present the status of methanol as a marine fuel.
SSPA is a partner in the project, which has the goal of converting a pilot boat to methanol operation to show how a methanol conversion of a smaller vessel can be carried out in practice and to demonstrate the emissions reductions that can be achieved.
A study for the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) on the use of methanol and ethanol as marine fuels has been completed by SSPA, together with sub-contractor Lloyds Register. The study evaluates the potential of these alternative fuels as solutions for shipping to meet more stringent emissions requirements.
The maritime industry is in the middle of a paradigm shift. It’s therefore with great pleasure that we like to announce that the Finnish Maritime Cluster project (FMC) signs a cooperation agreement with Zero Vision Tool (ZVT) to widen the use of the ZVT collaboration method for a safer and more environmentally, climate and energy efficient, while still profitable, transport at sea. A unique industry driven cross-border triple helix way to move forward together.
The Hydro Testing Forum (HTF) network has members of recognised hydrodynamic research organisations worldwide. The objective is to discuss in small expert groups the challenges of measurements with advanced equipment, discussing new methodologies for high-tech measurements and therewith improve learning curve and achieve good practices in an efficient manner.
What is the best possible way to limit the damages caused by oil spills in the Arctic? SSPA is participating in a major EU Horizon 2020 project searching for answers. Set to launch in March, the 3.5-year project will involve a total of 13 research institutes and companies from nine different countries. The full name of the project is “Integrated oil spill response actions and environmental effects – GRACE.”
In the NÖKS II project (Närsjöfart i Öresund – Kattegat – Skagerrak) SSPA coordinates a total of 21 partners in three countries (Denmark, Norway and Sweden). The project’s main objective is to contribute to a more environmentally friendly and low-carbon transport system in the region, while also developing and enhancing the maritime transport system and encouraging the transfer of freight from road to sea. This will be achieved by developing solutions, tools and techniques to improve the quality and environmental performance of shipping services through the development of cost-effective, secure, flexible and competitive short sea shipping concepts.
Developing the next generation technologies of renewable electricity.
The EU Horizon 2020 project PowerKite will design, build and deploy a power take-off system (PTO) for a novel tidal energy collector concept, the Deep Green subsea tidal kite by Minesto. The project has a budget of 5.1M Euros and gathers 9 partners from 3 countries. Over 30 months, the project will progress the state of the art in several fields: PTO modelling, electrical design, mechanical design, data acquisition, analysis and optimisation.
The entire series of five ships have been delivered to and accepted into full service by the Swedish Armed Forces and the Royal Swedish Navy (RSwN). The Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) have recently executed final delivery of the project. During the project SSPA has supported FMV with expertise and consultancy services in a number of technical areas.
The forthcoming GotMoS Conference on "Benefits to the society, maritime climate investments and job opportunities” will take place in Gothenburg, Sweden, on the 9-10 of November. Results from our pilot pilot projects, Pilot LNG and Pilot Scrubber, both co-financed via MoS TEN-T, where LNG infrastructure is established with terminal, newbuildings/conversion of vessels and scrubber evaluated and implemented onboard, will be presented.
The Final Conference on MONALISA 2.0 on 10–11 November will share the results from two years’ work with Sea Traffic Management and Safety. Presentations, demonstrations and exhibitions will bring the ideas and solutions to life.
The 18th Numerical Towing Tank Symposium (NuTTS) was successfully ended on the 30th of September 2015 in Cortona, Italy. Dr. Da-Qing Li from SSPA participated at the symposium and presented a new paper on prediction of under-water radiated noise and the symposium organization rewarded him with this year’s “Landrini Award”.
The Midway Alignment of the Bothnian Corridor is a vital, year-round maritime transport connection between Sweden and Finland. The project includes a complete transport system for both goods and passengers and was initiated by the city of Umeå in Sweden and the city of Vaasa in Finland. SSPA’s experts are supporting the Project Management team during the first phase, until the end of 2015. Some of the activities that SSPA are closely involved with are the project analyses, the concept development and the design of the ferry.
High performances in sports are closely coupled to technology, both when it comes to new materials and motion analysis. SSPA and the Sports & Technology at Chalmers University of Technology are cooperating in one of the sports, sailing. During Volvo Ocean Race in Gothenburg, Chalmers showed an exhibition with unique optimist dinghies. This was a result from research projects where the students made the calculations needed to construct the dinghies in different materials. SPPA supported and helped building the dinghies.
The Sports & Technology initiative has attracted attention from the Swedish Television that published a story, when the students launching the cellulose dinghy, “Will a boat of cellulose remain floating?” This clip was filmed at SSPAs facility Maritime Dynamics Laboratory.
On November 7, SSPA presented the paper, “Hydrodynamic Optimization of Energy Saving Devices in Full Scale”, on the 30th Symposium on Naval Hydrodynamics in Hobart, Australia. The presentation was held by one of the authors, Keunjae Kim from SSPA.
Registration and agenda for the Motorways of the Sea Conference "Sustainable Shipping for Reduction of Emissions"
On behalf of Brian Simpson, the European Coordinator for Motorways of the Sea (MoS), I would like to invite you to the forthcoming MoS Conference on "Sustainable Shipping for Reduction of Emissions". The Conference will take place in Gothenburg, Sweden, on the 18-19 of November. Opens at 08.30 day 01 and ends at 16.00 day 02.
To investigate the impact of the EEDI on ship design, RINA (The Royal Institution of Naval Architects) invited papers from naval architects, class societies, regulators, operators and researchers to be presented at the International Conference “Influence of EEDI on Ship Design”.
On September 24, SSPA presented a paper, “Improving the EEDI of a ship – There’s many ways to solve an equation”.
On 14 August, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) and the Swedish Coastguard (KBV) submitted a joint report to the Ministry for Rural Affairs.
The report presents the results and recommendations of an investigation regarding a new research vessel for SLU/SMHI. Two alternative vessels have been studied; a new-build vessel and a conversion of an existing coast guard vessel, the KBV 001.
SSPA Sweden proudly announces the assignment from the Norwegian Public Roads Administration (NPRA) to conduct risk analysis and simulations of maritime traffic with different floating bridge and submerged floating tunnel design options for “Project Bjørnafjorden”.
NPRA is investigating a gigantic infrastructure project related to the 1,100 km long “Coastal Highway Route E39”, where it will be exploring the options for replacing seven existing ferry crossings between Kristiansand and Trondheim with fixed links. The fjords are both broad and deep, which requires large investments and larger structures than anything that has previously been built in Norway.
SSPA was co-hosting Swedish Maritime Day on 8 April. We participated in the afternoon session on Marine management, with the headline, “Decision support system for improving safety and energy and transport efficiency.” Our experts Lars Markström, Project Manager and Peter Grundevik, Vice President Research shared their knowledge from “Research in decision support system for improving safety, energy and transport efficiency".
High performance in sports is closely coupled to technology, both when it comes to new materials and motion analysis. This connection is addressed within a new project, a co-operation between the sports community, the industry including SSPA, and Chalmers University of Technology.
SSPA participated at the exhibition Marintec China 2013, in Shanghai, 3-6 December. More than 1,700 exhibiting companies from 34 countries/regions visited Marintec China this time. During the exhibit we had a daily half an hour presentation on “Green Ship Hydrodynamics”, at our stand in the Swedish Pavilion.
The Mexican Navy includes over 189 ships and they attempt to maintain a constant modernisation program. Last week, The Navy Attaché of Mexico Captain Aurelio Rodriguez, visited SSPA. The meeting had special focus on vessel design.
The 32nd International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering (OMAE 2013) took place in Nantes, France, in June 9-14, 2013, www.ooae.org/omae-2013. Heng Ran, from SSPA, presented "Auxiliary kite propulsion contribution to ship thrust” at the symposium about Ocean Renewable Energy.
The EffShip project began in December 2009 and is based on the vision of a sustainable and successful maritime industry that has a minimal environmental impact. The project has been co-financed by Vinnova (the Swedish Innovation Agency) and the project partners. The conclusions from the EffShip project will be presented at a seminar on the 21 March.
Effect Ships International (ESI) in Norway completed tank testing of its “soft motion” monohull Air Supported Vessel (ASV) or ASV Mono SM, which it believes is equally suitable for use as a fast naval vessel or as a ferry. A week of testing took place in the end of 2012 at SSPA´s towing tank in Sweden. An article was published at Warship Technology, a publication of The Royal Institution of Naval Architects.
When defined actions are conducted the participants of the Swedish-Finnish maritime suggestion “Make a Difference” will be co-financed by the EU via the Trans-European Transport Network. The estimated total cost of the work packages is € 2 494 000 of which € 1 247 000 will be granted. The organizations conducting the work are Preem, Sirius Shipping, Viking Line, DNV, FKAB, Swedish Shipowners’ Association, and SSPA.
We are pleased to announce that the following SSPA employees (shown on the pictures) presents and/or are involved in Papers that will be addressed during the 5 day long arrangement The 29th Symposium on Naval Hydrodynamics; Keunjae Kim, Da-Qing Li, Abolfazl Shiri, Björn Allenström, Michael Leer-Andersen and Sofia Werner.
“Performance and Vortex Formation of Flettner Rotors at High Reynolds Numbers” by Da-Qing Li, Björn Allenström and Michael Leer-Andersen
“Hydrodynamic Optimization of Pre-swirl Stator by CFD and Model Testing” by Keunjae Kim, Michael Leer-Andersen, Sofia Werner and Michal Orych, Youngbok Choi
The 29th Symposium on Naval Hydrodynamics will be held in Gothenburg, Sweden, during the week of Sunday, August 26 through Friday, August 31, 2012. The Symposium is jointly organized by the U.S. Office of Naval Research, Chalmers University of Technology and SSPA Sweden AB.
More than 100 of the world's experts in naval hydrodynamics will be coming to Gothenburg 26–31 August to discuss the latest in fluid dynamics and shipping. This year's international symposium is a joint arrangement between the US Office of Naval Research, SSPA Sweden AB and the Chalmers University of Technology to promote the exchange of marine research and innovation between countries. Bio-inspired design is one of the topics that will be in focus during the symposium.
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is responsible for regulation of international shipping, in particular to prevent from marine pollution. Next area to look into is the Wider Caribbean Region (Caribbean and the surrounding coasts), how can this area adapt to the same emission requirements as other Emission Control Areas (ECA), where the Baltic Sea region is an example. On behalf of the IMO and together with White Smoke, will SSPA conduct a LNG feasibility study, which in many ways is following the same structure as the one that SSPA and ÅF conducted for the Danish Maritime Authority in the the Baltic Sea region, but in a smaller scale. The most important aspect of the work is to identify barriers and enablers.
SSPA's has been working for The Swedish Contingencies Agency in the EnSaCo Oil Spill Project, an EU InterReg IV project. The assignment has been to generate material to harmonise a GIS tool which presents the environment sensibility for oil spill along the Baltic sea costs depending on season as well as looking into the avalable response resourses. A manual has been produced for how to plan, implement and evaluate such an oil spill response in the HELCOM area.
"In 2011, the Svenska Skeppshypotek supported the model Zero Vision Tool (ZVT) created by SSPA and the Swedish Shipowners' Association, a collaborative platform for safe, environmental and energy-efficient shipping." The co-operation continues.
To read the Svenska Skeppshypotek's yearly report for 2011, including ZVT and it's Joint Industry Projects; SS 2011
Canada's newly appointed Ambassador Kenneth Macartney and the Honorary Consul Per Jessing visited SSPA yesterday. The meeting had a special focus on Arctic issues and environmental impact, since it corresponds to The Arctic Council's ongoing work, where Sweden holds the Chairmanship (2011-2013).
- The experiences and knowledge of risk management in Arctic operations as well as oil spill management in ice was discussed, says Jim Sandkvist. The recent study for the Maritime Administration to use the Swedish icebreakers as essential components of an international rescue team during the summer in the Arctic, was presented, he continues.
ACCSEAS is a new EU INTERREG North Sea projects designed to improve accessibility for maritime traffic in the North Sea region through a coordinated implementation of e-Navigation among the nations in the region. An e-Navigation test-bed will be created to demonstrate and test solutions. ACCSEAS will develop new navigation and communication concepts and the platform is designed to alleviate traffic congestion, bottlenecks and accident risks. SSPA will implement the SSPA Dynamic Predictor into the platform and explore the possibility of exchanging the information between ships and tugs. The technique will be tested in a simulator.
An interview with Björn Allenström and Peter Grundevik regarding the Estonia evaluation, the project DESSO and MONALISA is sent in the Swedish Radio P1 "Vetandets Värd" where risk handling and solutions are discussed. Link to the program POD/MP3 (in Swedish) sverigesradio.se/
Activity Leaders of the project are the Swedish, Finnish and Danish Maritime Administrations. The aim is to minimize the risk of running aground and create the most efficient route plan for each transport in terms of weather, currents, ice conditions, traffic and availability of berths and pilots.
With an aim to make framework recommendations to establish a maritime LNG infrastructure in the Baltic Sea, North Sea and the English Channel the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) has chosen ÅF Industry AB and SSPA Sweden AB to fulfill a feasibility study and test of recommendations encompassing both technical as well as economic issues.