Air lubrication systems are divided into three categories: air film, microbubbles and air cavity. In an article published in the International publication Ship&Offshore, issue 5/2018, we describe and discuss some practical aspects of each method. SSPA has been involved in numerous projects to develop and test different systems of air lubrication for decades. Our experts has carried out investigations on all these methods by performing tests, simulations and design consultation.
In a project together with Chalmers Sports & Technology, SSPA has contributed to the design and build of a racing skiff dinghy where 70 percent of the hull is made of biomaterials. The dinghy will soon compete in a three-day regatta against other boats representing universities all over the world. This dinghy is one of a kind. The sail plan is very large in relation to the boat, the mast height (9.5 m) is more than two times larger than the boat length (4.6 m), making it rather extreme. 70 percent of the hull is made of bio materials. The hull and deck are a sandwich construction with skins of flax fibre in a cashew-based epoxy matrix, and a core of balsa wood. The principles of skiff dinghy design have been combined with innovative, more environmentally friendly materials
As of September 3rd, Mr. Joacim Linder takes on the role of Head of Maritime Consulting. He will lead about 30 experts and consultants in three teams; Hull & Propulsion, Manoeuvring & Seakeeping, and Advisory. He is also a new member of SSPA's management team. Joacim has extensive experience in the maritime industry and has recently been responsible for the RoRo Competence Centre at Cargotec, MacGregor. He has an M.Sc. in Naval Architecture from Chalmers University of Technology.