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Design criteria for the sea properties of work boats

This research project will focus on smaller displacement or semi-displacement work boats (<75m). The goal is to standardise a set of criteria that can be applied during the design phase, before the building and operations of work boats. Today, there is a lack of standardised criteria and well-established calculation methodology. It is therefore difficult to evaluate whether a hull has sufficiently good sea properties compared to others of its kind. It is also a challenge because work boats have different uses and sizes.

Pilot boats, patrol boats, rescue boats, smaller fishing vessels, smaller passenger ferries, boats for maintenance of offshore installations and wind farms are examples of work boats that will be considered. The project aims to identify, define and test new, improved and standardised design criteria and design assessment methods to predict, assess and compare the sea properties of smaller work boats for improved safety and work environment, and efficient performance. 

  • 2 partners, KTH Royal Institute of Technology and SSPA Sweden
  • Reference group and external contributors include the Swedish Maritime Administration, the Swedish Sea Rescue Society, Chalmers University of Technology
  • Private, public and academic sector involved
  • Financed by the Swedish Transport Administration
  • Project period: 2019-2023

SSPA’s contribution is to perform an interdisciplinary and mixed approach with a literature review; case studies onboard ships with measurements (e.g., ship movements) and interviews with crew; and measurements and calculations in SSPA’s lab environment. This will finally result in a set of criteria that can be applied in the design phase before the vessels are built and as a basis for decision support during operation.
 
Photo: Pilot boats, patrol boats, rescue boats, smaller fishing vessels, smaller passenger ferries, boats for maintenance of offshore installations, wind farms, are examples of work boats that will be considered. Photo: The Swedish Maritime Administration.

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