In a project to modernize and rebuild patrol crafts to underwater surveillance crafts, SSPA is supporting FMV (Swedish Defence Materiel Administration) with technical expertise and ILS management. The goal of the project is to boost the littoral ASW (Anti-submarine warfare) capabilities of the Swedish Navy. Because of a very tight schedule, the rebuild is carried out at three different shipyards simultaneously. The fifth of six vessels was delivered to FMV on the 1st of July 2020. SSPA has been involved since the design phase and is presently verifying the work of the shipyards on hull, machinery and auxiliary systems, and providing technical advice to FMV.
The research project FASTWATER (Track to Clean and Carbon-Neutral WATERborne Transport through Gradual Introduction of Methanol Fuel) has been officially launched, with a kick-off meeting held in early June. A consortium of Europe’s maritime research and technology leaders has launched the project. The project will demonstrate the feasibility of retrofit and newbuild vessels to operate on methanol as a pathway to fossil-free shipping. SSPA’s extensive experience with alternative fuels, including methanol, and design and development of ships with a focus on energy efficiency, will be utilised to help ensure the success of the project.
SSPA has developed techniques for analysis of ship hull structural dynamics over several years, i.e. analysis of the structural response due to wind and wave loads. In an article published in the International publication Ship & Offshore, issue 4/2020, our experts describe how we decided to share this information and join forces with our partners Stena, Chalmers University of Technology and the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) to develop knowledge.