The Bluenose project, led by Marcel Elenbaas at Damen Schelde and comprising a team of research engineers from Damen Shipyards Gorinchem and Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding, takes inspiration from past innovation in a bid to develop effective new solutions. The overall objective of the project is to boost composite development within Damen beyond the class rules. In doing so, the project pioneers the design and construction of a new product and concurrently helps to develop standards governing the use of that product.
After nearly five years of research, development and field trials, the international EU-funded ¡VAMOS! (Viable Alternative Mine Operating System) project, in which Damen played a leading role, has come to an end. In this article Jenny Rainbird, from leading design, engineering and risk management consultancy BMT, who was responsible for overseeing and coordinating the project, gives her view of the process, challenges and outcomes.
Efficiency and sustainability are big issues facing most industries today, and none more so than marine operations. Damen Shipyards Group’s partnerships with Skoon and EMAR to promote sustainable propulsion are examples of its investment into preparations for a changing future. In a related venture, together with ten other stakeholders, Damen forms the Qualify project partnership to investigate the use of composite materials in the construction of primary maritime structures.
Four years on and the Damen team that supported the EU-funded ¡Vamos! project look back at their achievements. Damen’s dredging expertise played a leading role in developing an exciting new way of extracting minerals from flooded quarries cleanly and effectively.
Seven different research projects will be covered, touching on subjects such as energy efficiency, design optimisation and sustainable ships.
This second article will cover two separate research programmes relating to sustainable and energy efficient ships.
This final chapter looks at the most recent (still ongoing) research programmes involving sustainable mining, and ‘value-added’ ships.
Composites are fibre reinforced polymers, with this material you can build a boat that is stronger and lighter than its aluminium counterpart, composite materials do not corrode.
A new era is dawning in the shipbuilding industry, one where traditional construction materials are being replaced with composites. These modern materials yield numerous advantages.
Marine access is a rapidly evolving sector of the offshore industry, and Damen continues to consult widely as offshore operators refine their requirements and objectives.
Damen is now two years into a three-year project investigating Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) tools and the contribution they can make to accelerating the ship design process, while at the same time cutting the associated costs and improving the quality of products in the group’s portfolio.
The project belongs to the wider corporate programme Damen Cooperative Research (DCR).