Together with the Swedish Maritime Administration (SMA) and the Swedish Maritime Technology Forum (SMTF) et al. ScandiNAOS is involved in a conversion project of a pilot boat. A key task in the project is to demonstrate that introduction of methanol as a fuel for smaller ships can improve competitive power and reduce the environmental impact. Other systems affecting emissions and environmental impact will be targeted as well. Examples of such systems are propulsion system, anti-fouling paint, heating, paint system, selection of material and recycling. ScandiNAOS is specifically responsible for identification and development of rules and regulations in addition to the design of ship conversions.
Following the Effship project where methanol was identified as a possible marine fuel and the SPIRETH project where a type of methanol system was tried on board Stena Scanrail it was decided to convert the main engines of Stena Germanica for methanol.
ScandiNAOS was involved in de design process from start, including arrangement, system design and overview of rules and regulations. ScandiNAOS has also been part of the alternative design process and procedures for methanol bunkering.
ScandiNAOS has designed a quay based methanol bunkering facility in Gothenburg for Stena Germanica. The facility consists of methanol transfer pumps, fixed foam based firefighting system and a trap to collect methanol in the case of spillage. The facility unloads a methanol truck, including trailer directly to the ship during stay in Gothenburg. Prevention of methanol spillage and safety procedures, as well as a design that minimize the potential hazards has been addressed throughout the project.
During the design and installation process for retrofitting a scrubber for TransTimber, managed by TransAtlantic Ship Management AB, ScandiNAOS has been involved as technical consultants for the owner. ScandiNAOS has also provided structure drawings, interface drawings and production drawings.
The purpose of NOVIMAR is to demonstrate the feasibility of a new transport concept based on the launch of the vessel train, or 'platooning' on the water. NOVIMAR is honored under the European Research and Innovation Framework Program: HORIZON 2020. The total grant is approximately € 8 million. Netherlands Maritime Technology (NMT) is coordinator of the project and provides project management. ScandiNAOS will be in charge of ship design and cargo handling.
A vessel train consists of a manned Leader Vessel with one or more Follower Vessels, which follow the Leader Vessel with highly reduced or even no crew. In addition to the cost benefits that are expected, the Vessel Train makes the use of smaller ships more profitable, so transport within urban areas can be moved from the road to the water. In addition to inland navigation, shortsea applications are also investigated.
The following topics are part of the project:
Perform a cost-benefit analysis for several vessel train variants using a transport system model for a number of case studies
Development of a control system for vessel train navigation
Development of a navigation support system for inland waterway vessels based on real-time collection of environmental parameters
Hydrodynamic ship-ship interactions in a vessel train
Simulation and practice scale demonstration of different vessel train variants
Guidelines for new RORO shipping and loading concepts
Safety and regulatory aspects
More about the project at Netherlands Maritime Technology.