Manoeuvring performance generally features too late in the design process in SSPA’s experience. Sometimes shipyards have to face costly and time-consuming last-minute changes to the design (when the IMO standards for ship manoeuvrability are not met). And what if the manoeuvring performance is “too good”? Is the rudder too big? (Resulting in resistance that is too high). The use of a new method of CFD calculations enables SSPA to offer early-stage manoeuvring predictions with much higher accuracy than before.
MaRINET2, the Marine Renewables Infrastructure Network, is composed of 39 organisations who collaborate to progress offshore renewable energy technologies in Europe. It aims to accelerate the development of wave, tidal and offshore wind energy technologies and infrastructure by opening up access to 57 test facilities across 13 European countries. The project is now in its second iteration, and it is supported by the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme.
The Board of Directors at SSPA has decided to strengthen SSPA’s core business and to review the company strategy plan. As part of this process, the board has appointed Stefan Eliasson as acting CEO & President during the on-going recruitment of a new permanent CEO.
SSPA are working with projects on the development of innovative logistics solutions and energy efficient vessel concepts for increased use of sea transportation in general and inland waterway transportation in particular. Within this area, SSPA has a large role in two large collaborative Interreg projects, NÖKS II (ending in June 2018) and IWTS - Inland Waterway Transport Solutions (running until late 2020).