Investigating manoeuvring performance?
All merchant ships longer than 100 metres must fulfil the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) standards for ship manoeuvrability. The best way to validate the criteria is model tests. Running model tests will avoid the risk of very unpleasant surprises during full-scale sea trials. The manoeuvring model tests are usually performed late in the design process. If the requirements are not fulfilled at this time, undesired design changes may be needed at the very end of a project.
Read more about how SSPA’s “manoeuvring tools” can fit the design spiral for new-build merchant ships and thus avoid costly last-minute changes. The tools have been identified by looking at numerous merchant newbuild projects run at SSPA during the past few years. The tools are defined and evaluated in terms of accuracy and cost.