The International Towing Tank Conference (ITTC) has an important role as a cooperation platform for all towing tank organizations. It gives SSPA, as an active member, an opportunity to influence the worldwide shipping community. At the ITTC’s 28th Full Conference, the Seakeeping Committee presented a recommended procedure for determining "fw". The procedure is largely based on work by SSPA’s experts. After a suggestion from SSPA, the conference took the decision to start up a new Specialist Committee on Combined CFD/EFD Methods that will run at least during the next three years. The Chairman is one of SSPA’s experts.
There is a big potential in optimising the construction of ships by reducing weight and steel. Transports can become more energy efficient and reduce the environmental impact at sea. To find out more, a pre-study was conducted in 2016 and now a collaboration is established. SSPA together with Chalmers, KTH and Stena Teknik will conduct research on methods for dynamic ship dimensioning and the understanding of dynamic loads on ships will be able to enhance. During the project, a vessel model will be equipped to measure structural loads, model wave tests, and numerical calculations will be validated against model trials. Stena's concept vessel Stena Elektra is chosen as a model vessel.
The EU-funded JOULES project recently presented its final results at a conference in Hamburg. SSPA was a partner in the four-year project, which developed simulation and assessment tools that were used to develop ship designs for two future scenarios (2025 and 2050), with significant reductions of energy consumption and emissions of greenhouse gases and other air pollutants.
Port operators are experiencing pressure to improve operational efficiency and reduce costs. One option could be to implement Lean Production concepts and thereby working with continuous improvements. In a collaboration between SSPA and Chalmers University of Technology, Value Stream Mapping was applied to four different seaport container terminals of varying sizes. Several improvement areas were identified and the project provided the terminals with improvement proposals to increase their efficiency, including increasing the collaboration between actors and consider to automate certain processes in the handling of containers.