[Posted on June 6th, 2013 by Bill Stewart]
As seafaring technology has become increasingly advanced, seakeeping analysis has played an vital role in keeping everything running smoothly, efficiently, and safely on the open ocean. The capacity for this type of analysis has greatly improved over the past several years, and promises to continue to improve, as pressure from regulatory bodies looking for safer vessels combined with passenger demands as well as the technological advances made in the computer world have made it possible. While many may know that it is important for them to use this analysis before launching a new vessel, they may not realize how the analysis is done and the vital role the final results play in the outcome of their project.
What is monitored as a part of the analysis?
Seakeeping analysis is vital for the safety and functionality of seafaring vessels. With so many different characteristics that interact and affect the abilities of the vessel, it is impossible to really say what impact a small change on the design of such a vessel will have on the final outcome unless a complete analysis is completed.
A thorough analysis will typically examine three parts. The first question involves studying they type of environmental conditions that the boat or other vessel is likely to encounter on its voyage. The second step is to then look at the predicted response of the vessel to these conditions. Finally, the third step will specify the types of criteria used throughout the analysis to allow for comparisons between vessels.
Typical situations that are analyzed involve looking at fore and side slamming, sloshing fatigue, mooring, design sea state, statistics surrounding projected performance, and more.
What can the information provided in a seakeeping analysis do?
The information provided by the analysis offers the owners of the vessels many options and a great deal of information. Since the analysis will help in the comparison between vessels, they will be able to determine which option will get the job done the safest and the most efficient. It also offers a great deal of information about how the vessels can be improved to better comply with regulation and passenger or operator demands. A part of the analysis can even examine ways to help ward of motion sickness, which can be very helpful for the comfort of all those on board. It can also be used to successful guide the implementation of >steel catenary risers.
A thorough analysis will help make sure that any vessel preparing to leave is well equipped and prepared for what may lie ahead. At Stewart Technology Associates we are dedicated to using the latest technology and equipment available along with highly trained analysts to provide all our clients with the best information. We pride ourselves on always offering the best that the industry has to offer. We look forward to serving you.