OCTOPUS-Onboard for windmill installation vessels from RWE Innogy
Two new build 'Seabreeze' windmill installation vessels shall be equipped with OCTOPUS-Onboard. The vessels shall be operated by NSB (Germany) in order to install windmills in the Nordsee Ost windfarm project for RWE Innogy.
RWE Innogy pools the renewable energy expertise and power plants of the RWE Group. The company plans, builds and operates facilities generating power from renewable energies. Part of the ordered scope for the Seabreeze windmill installation vessels is the OCTOPUS-Onboard motion monitoring and forecast, crane tip monitoring, DP-Capability Forecast and a display of operational windows. OCTOPUS-Office is ordered to calculate the workability windows and sea keeping ability of the Seabreeze vessels.
In addition to this order, Amarcon shall also provide a wireless system to monitor the x- and y-acceleration of the four legs of the Seabreeze vessels when they are transported from the shipyard in Korea to Europe by the Offshore Heavy Transport vessels Falcon and Eagle. The OHT vessels are already using OCTOPUS-Onboard since 2006 for execution of Heavy Lift transport operations. For the ocean transport of the Seabreeze vessels, motion sensors will be included on top of the 4 legs, which will be connected to the OCTOPUS-Onboard system on board the Eagle and Falcon. The sensors will be equipped with an antenna for the signal transport to the OCTOPUS-Onboard system on the Eagle and Falcon. This the way the crew has a clear insight in critical accelerations of the legs on the Seabreeze vessels.
Samsung Heavy Industries orders OCTOPUS-Onboard for Teekay Shuttle Tankers
One of the leading shipbuilders in the world, Samsung Heavy Industries, has selected Amarcon to provide an integrated Wave and Motion Monitoring System for four new build Shutttle Tankers. The vessels shall be operated by Teekay.
Part of the scope of supply is a wave radar interface module that is able to detect critical wave heights in an early stage. In combination with the OCTOPUS-Onboard functionality a complete center for decision support during weather-sensitive ship operation is realized.
Real-time sea state spectra, including sea and swell parameters like wave height, period and direction shall be clearly presented on the bridge. Amarcon's OCTOPUS-TMS motion monitoring technology with a three sensor set-up shall be used to measure and log surge, sway, heave, roll, pitch and yaw of the Teekay vessels. With the obtained information, the operating crew has a clear and real-time insight in critical wave conditions and overall motions of the vessel. When operating in harsh and demanding conditions, sloshing within the cargo tanks of the vessels can also be prevented. This has a huge influence on the lifetime of the tanks and lowers the total cost of ownership.
Where Amarcon generally delivers directly to shipping companies, the recent appointment from Samsung is an important and different approach to the market for Amarcon. "Shipping companies are becoming more aware of the overall effect of motion monitoring and decision support solutions on their revenues," says Amarcon's managing director Leon Adegeest. He continues: "Nowadays a Shipbuilder tends to build ships on order and that are exactly in line with the order specifications of shipping companies. When looking at the increasing demand for decision support technology, the shipbuilder can acquire an important strategic advantage when offering decision support in the standard delivery specifications of the vessel."
Amarcon starts collaboration in Singapore and Middle East
In the last months Amarcon closed two deals for representation of Amarcon's OCTOPUS products in Singapore and the Middle East.
In Singapore Ha-Ce Engineering is appointed for the representation and sales of the OCTOPUS suite of products. Ha-Ce Engineering has a broad experience in maritime engineering and provides her services in the Singapore region. Amarcon's Tim Ellis is content with the representation of Ha-Ce Engineering: "We have been working together with Ha-Ce Engineering on many projects in the past. Our working relation has always been very pleasant and effective. We are therefore very glad that Ha-Ce Engineering is willing to work together with us in the Singapore region. Singapore is one of the maritime hotspots in the world, so it is very desirable to have a good partner in that region that is able to actively promote our products."
For the Middle East market Lambda Marine offered her services to Amarcon for distribution and representation of OCTOPUS. Lambda Marine is an innovative System Integrator and Solution Provider of Maritime Information and Communication Technology for the Deepsea, Offshore, Oil & Gas and Leisureboat markets and represents several manufacturers in the Middle East region. Ellis continues: "The people behind Lambda Marine know how business is done in the Middle East, and just as important, they have a strong affinity with our products. It is important for us that a distributor shows a profound understanding of how our sophisticated solutions work in everyday shipping operations, in order to represent OCTOPUS in the right manner. This is clearly the case with Lambda Marine. We look forward to working together with both Lambda Marine and Ha-Ce Engineering for further expansion of our products in the worldwide maritime industry."
(German) Steigendes Interesse an Produkten von Amarcon in deutschen Schifffahrtbranche
In den vergangenen Monaten verzeichnete Amarcon auf dem deutschen Markt ein steigendes Interesse an seinen Entscheidungsunterstützungslösungen und seiner Software für hydrodynamische Analysen für Seeschiffe und schwimmende Offshore-Anlagen.
Hansa Heavy Lift GmbH erteilte im Juni einen Auftrag für OCTOPUS-Office. Dieses hochmoderne Programm zur Durchführung hydrodynamischer Analysen ermöglicht es dem deutschen Transporteur von Schwergut, Projekt- und Cargo-Ladungen, genaue Berechnungen zu den Seegangseigenschaften seiner Flotte durchzuführen. OCTOPUS-Office 6 kann positions- oder routenabhängige Response-Berechnungen durchführen, dank der die Hansa Heavy Lift ihre Tätigkeiten auf See mit äußerster Effizienz planen und durchführen kann. Der Auftrag umfasst auch die neue Erweiterung ,,Multibody", mit der die Auswirkungen verschiedener Seegangsverhältnisse auf die Fracht am Haken dargestellt werden können. Auf diese Weise können die Betriebseinschränkungen des Krans ermittelt und Kurzzeitstatistiken berechnet werden.
Im Juli erteilte die deutsche Reedereigruppe Harren & Partner / Offshore Installation Group (OIG) einen Auftrag zur Installation von drei OCTOPUS-Onboard-Systemen für die Mehrzweck-Schwergutschiffe OIG Giant I (früher Blue Giant), OIG Giant II (früher Combidock IV) und das neu gebaute Schiff OIG Giant III. Zu den OCTOPUS-Onboard-Systemen gehört auch die Funktionalität DP-Forecast von Amarcon. Herr Jaap Jan Stoker von Amarcon erläutert den Zusammenhang zwischen dieser Funktionalität und dem eigentlichen DP-System an Bord der Schiffe von H&P: "Die Einsatzfähigkeitsprognose OCTOPUS-DP hat im Grunde keine direkte Verbindung mit dem DP-System an Bord. Während herkömmliche DP-Systeme versuchen, die Schiffe während des Offshore-Betriebs an der richtigen Position zu halten, geht OCTOPUS-DP einen Schritt weiter. Unsere Prognosesoftware DP Forecast berechnet an Bord des Schiffes eine Prognose der Mittelwertkräfte und der langsam variierenden Kräfte, die durch Strömungen, Wind und Wellen auf das Schiff wirken." Die Berechnungen beruhen auf gemessenen Umweltbedingungen und den Wettervorhersagen, die einen integralen Bestandteil des OCTOPUS-Onboard-Systems darstellen. Auch die Eigenschaften der Strahlruder werden als Inputdaten genutzt. Mit den berechneten Daten kann ein Kapitän auf einen Blick erkennen, ob die derzeitige DP‑Konfiguration den voraussichtlichen Kräften standhält oder ob es vielleicht sinnvoller wäre, die Arbeiten einzustellen und zu einem anderen Zeitpunkt wieder aufzunehmen. In Polardiagrammen werden Gebiete, die sicher angesteuert werden können, angezeigt, und die Arbeitsbedingungen sowie die DP-Einsatzfähigkeit des Schiffes werden für verschiedene Steuerkurse für mehrere Stunden und Tage im Voraus in einem übersichtlichen Zeitfenster prognostiziert. Dadurch ist Harren & Partner künftig in der Lage, die Offshore-Tätigkeiten durch eine optimale Nutzung der geeigneten Zeitfenster so effizient wie möglich zu planen.
Einige Tage nach dem Auftrag von Harren & Partner erteilte die Firma SAL Heavy Lift einen Auftrag für ein maßgeschneidertes Crane Motion Monitoring System für ihr Mehrzweck‑Schwergutschiff SAL Typ 183/MV Lone. Diese Anlage wird um ein OCTOPUS‑Onboard-System für Bewegungsüberwachung und Empfehlungen bei wetterabhängigen Arbeiten erweitert. Der Auftrag für die MV Lone bezieht sich auf eine komplette und kundenspezifische Installation. Das installierte System wird die Anforderungen des Germanischen Lloyd bezüglich der Nutzung von Kranen im Offshore-Bereich erfüllen. Mit dem Crane Monitoring System sollen die Kräfte und Beschleunigungen der beiden Schiffskrane überwacht werden. Einer der Bewegungssensoren eignet sich für Unterwassermessungen im Kranhaken. Dank der Messung der kritischen Bedingungen können künftig auf der Brücke Warnmeldungen angezeigt und Warnsignale in Form von Warnlichtern und Warntönen generiert werden. Durch den Einsatz des OCTOPUS Crane Monitoring-Systems können Schiffskrane, die für eine bestimmte Hebefähigkeit (Safe Working Load, SWL) konzipiert sind, unter Offshore‑Bedingungen bis zu 90 % ausgelastet werden. Die Tatsache, dass die Einhaltung eines Sicherheitsfaktors von 1,3 bis in einigen Fällen sogar 1,8 dann nicht mehr nötig ist, erhöht die Betriebsfähigkeit des Krans ganz erheblich.
Durch die Systemerweiterung OCTOPUS-Onboard erhalten die Verantwortlichen auf der MV Lone Empfehlungen für eine sichere Geschwindigkeit und einen sicheren Kurs, Navigationsoptimierung und die Planung optimaler Betriebszeitfenster. Amarcon brachte sein OCTOPUS-DP-System zur Berechnung von Einsatzfähigkeitsprognosen für effiziente Offshore DP-Operationen 2010 auf den Markt. Diese Funktionalität ist auch in dem Auftrag von SAL enthalten. Die Nachfrage nach dem OCTOPUS-DP-Prognosesystem nimmt rasant zu. In den vergangenen Monaten haben mehrere Reedereien mit Schwergutschiffen und Offshore‑Gesellschaften DP-Einsatzfähigkeitsprognose als Teil der angebotenen OCTOPUS‑Onboard-Funktionalität gekauft.
Leon Adegeest, Geschäftsführer von Amarcon, verzeichnet das derzeitige Interesse von deutschen Reedereien mit großer Zufriedenheit: "Die neuen Aufträge von respektierten und renommierten deutschen Reedereien eröffnen uns neue Möglichkeiten in der deutschen Schiffsbranche; diese Chance werden wir natürlich gerne nutzen."
Interest in DP Capability Forecast software exceeds Amarcon's expectations
In 2010 Amarcon's OCTOPUS-DP Capability forecast for efficient offshore DP operations was brought to the market. The OCTOPUS-DP functionality gives offshore vessels the possibility to make optimum use of a safe time window for their weather-sensitive operations.
The first installation of the OCTOPUS-DP Capability forecast software was performed on the LNG Carriers Suez Neptune and Suez Cape Ann, in order to facilitate a safe time window so that the vessels LNG can safely be discharged. The OCTOPUS-DP functionality can not be compared with already existing Dynamic Positioning Systems. Where traditional DP systems try to keep the vessels position during an offshore operation, OCTOPUS-DP takes it one step further. A forecast is given if the vessel is capable of maintaining her position and heading in changing environmental and weather conditions, hours and days ahead. This forecast is presented in a clear time window, so that the crew can easily see if the offshore operation can be executed, and under which heading this can be done. The OCTOPUS-DP Capability forecast software can be installed as an add-on on any vessel which already is equipped with a DP-system. Typical installation time is only one day, for new builds and ships in operation.
The applicability of the product should be seen in a broad context. In 2011 various Heavy Lift shipping companies and offshore contractors have shown interest in the state of the art DP Forecast functionality, thus leading to several orders for the product. "This means a great deal to us," says Amarcon's managing director Leon Adegeest. "It is good to see that very diverse companies within the shipping industry acknowledge the relevance of the product for their day-to-day business." Earlier this year, Fred Olsen Windcarrier purchased the DP Capability forecast function for offshore windmill installations. Second in line was the order from Harren & Partner, just a few months ago. The OCTOPUS-DP Capability forecast shall be installed on three of their multipurpose heavy lift vessels. Last in line is Sal Heavy Lift Shipping, which also ordered the functionality for one her multipurpose heavy lift vessels, this way the above mentioned companies will be able to plan offshore operations very accurately, using the valuable time windows as efficient as possible.
Leon Adegeest is optimistic about the viability of the OCTOPUS-DP Capability forecast software: "Our business is to help our clients to perform their every day operations in a safe and cost effective way. Without getting lost in technical terms, that is exactly what our OCTOPUS-DP functionality does."
SAL Heavy Lift Shipping places order for Amarcon's OCTOPUS-Onboard
In the last months Amarcon noticed an increasing interest from the German market for her decision support solutions. A few days after the order from Harren & Partner, SAL Heavy lift signed an order for a tailor made Crane Motion Monitoring solution for her Multipurpose Heavy Lift vessel SAL Type 183/MV Lone. This installation will be expanded with an OCTOPUS-Onboard system for motion monitoring and advice during weather sensitive operations.
The history of the full service Heavy Lift provider Sal Heavy Lift Shipping goes way back in time. In 1865 the delivery of the first vessel was celebrated. Currently SAL operates a fleet of 16 heavy lift vessels that provide sea transportation of broad variety of project cargoes. SAL is well-known for the high crane capacity and unequalled speed of her vessels, both guaranteeing flawless execution of complex and time-sensitive heavy cargo transports. The recent order for the MV Lone can be seen as very complete and customized installation. The installed system shall be compliant with the requirements of Germanischer Lloyd for use of cranes offshore. The Crane Monitoring System shall be placed in order to monitor the forces and accelerations in the two cranes of the vessels. One of the motion sensors is suitable for underwater measurements in the crane hook. As a result of measured critical conditions, warnings will be displayed on the bridge and warnings will be generated in the form of a warning light and -horn. The OCTOPUS-Onboard expansion provides the MV Lone with an advice on safe speed and heading, heading optimization, and planning of operational windows.
In 2010 the OCTOPUS-DP capability forecast for efficient offshore DP operations was brought to the market. This functionality is also included in the order from SAL. The demand for the OCTOPUS-DP forecast is rapidly expanding. In the last months several Heavy Lift companies and offshore contractors purchased the DP capability forecast functionality as a part of the offered OCTOPUS-Onboard functionality.
Amarcon's Managing director Leon Adegeest shows his appreciation with the appointed order from the German Heavy Lift shipping company: "SAL has been using our hydrodynamic analysis software, OCTOPUS-Office, for quite a few years now. This recent order for an onboard customized installation of OCTOPUS-Onboard is confirmation for us that SAL has faith in our ongoing relation and believes in the added value that our systems have to offer in their day to day operations. Furthermore, this order clears the path to more opportunities in the German Heavy lift shipping industry, something we can only be thankful for."
For more information about specified decision support and motion monitoring solutions for Heavy Lift Shipping, please to OCTOPUS Heavy Lift solutions.
Harren & Partner orders OCTOPUS-Onboard with DP-Forecast functionality
The German shipping group Harren & Partner / Offshore Installation Group (OIG) placed an order for the installation of three OCTOPUS-Onboard systems. Harren & Partner was founded in 1989 and has been expanding ever since.
Today H & P operates a fleet of about 60 vessels consisting of tankers, container feeders, bulk ships, heavy lift, as well as dock ships. The Offshore Installation Group is a full-fledged EPCI provider with a fleet of 3 specialized offshore construction vessels with 2 new buildings to be delivered in 2012 / 2013. The OIG GIANT type vessels are in-house designed, state-of-the-art vessels and are equipped with the best technologies.
Amarcon is pleased with the order of three OCTOPUS-Onboard systems for the multipurpose heavy lift vessels OIG Giant I (former Blue Giant), the OIG Giant II (former Combidock IV) and the new build OIG Giant III. Part of the OCTOPUS-Onboard installations shall be Amarcon's DP-Forecast functionality.
Amarcon's Jaap Jan Stoker, explains how to this functionality relates to the actual DP sytem onboard the H&P vessels: "The OCTOPUS-DP capability forecast actually hasn't got a direct link with the onboard DP system. Our DP Forecast software basically calculates an onboard forecast of the mean and slowly varying forces acting on the vessel due to currents, wind and waves. The calculations are based on measured environmental conditions and on weather forecasts, which are an integrated part of OCTOPUS-Onboard. The thruster properties are used as input. With the information a captain can easily see if the actual onboard DP configuration is resistant against expected forces or that it is better to stop and start the operation at a different time. Safe heading sectors are presented in Polar Plots and the workable conditions and the vessels DP capability for various headings are shown in a clearly understandable time window, hours and days ahead. This way Harren & Partner will be able to plan offshore operations very accurately, using the valuable time windows as efficient as possible."
Another specialized feature within the OCTOPUS functionality for the three H&P vessels is the TMS motion measurement system with a three sensor set-up. With a three-sensor setup OCTOPUS-TMS can monitor motions, velocities and accelerations in real-time in any virtual sensor location. With the additional crane-tip monitoring, an interface will be established between OCTOPUS and the crane system. Here the OCTOPUS-TMS-3 is capable of delivering the motions and accelerations of the crane tip.
Fred Olsen ordered OCTOPUS suite of products for two Windcarrier Jack-up vessels
The Norwegian company Fred Olsen Windcarrier has ordered OCTOPUS-Onboard and OCTOPUS-Office for two new build Jack up vessels; the Brave Tern and Bold Tern. Fred Olsen Windcarrier meets the increasing demand for offshore wind turbine installation vessels and provides her clients with efficient installation of wind farms offshore.
Martin Eilander, Amarcon's Manager Installation & Support, is excited with the order from Fred Olsen: "We are thrilled to be a part of the rapidly growing windmill installation market. The potential of this market is huge." Part of the functionality onboard the Fred Olsen vessels shall be the OCTOPUS-DP functionality forecast. This extension within OCTOPUS-Onboard was first launched in 2010. The OCTOPUS-DP forecast functionality gives offshore vessels the possibility to make optimum use of a safe time window for their weather-sensitive operations. A forecast is given if the vessel is capable of maintaining her position and heading in changing environmental and weather conditions, hours and days ahead. This forecast is shown on a screen on the bridge of the vessel, in a way that is easy to understand for the crew. Martin Eilander continues; "When planning operational windows with OCTOPUS-Onboard, the complete sequence of the different stages of the installation work will be considered, based on weather forecasts. This is important because each stage has its own working limitations and required duration of good conditions." Next to the traditional functionality, customized new features for Fred Olsen are added to the software. The effect of the Voith Schneider propellers on the roll motion calculation in OCTOPUS-Onboard is implemented. The roll damping effect of the propellers is then taken into consideration and is shown on the user interface."
Fred Olsen will not only make use of OCTOPUS during the actual offshore windmill installation: When using OCTOPUS-Office, engineers at the Fred Olsen onshore office can use this sophisticated software for evaluation of ship behavior in waves and to determine operational limits for the Brave and Bold Tern. This can all be done within a few mouse clicks.
Fairstar Heavy Transport orders OCTOPUS-Onboard for two new builds
The Dutch company Fairstar Heavy Transport has ordered two OCTOPUS-Onboard systems for the two new build semi-submersible heavy lift vessels MV Forte and the MV Finesse.
Fairstar Heavy Transport NV is the leading provider of marine heavy transport solutions involving high-value cargoes for the offshore energy and construction industries. The Forte is planned for delivery in the first half of 2012. The Finesse is expected to be delivered around October 2012. The two vessels will be a more then welcome addition to the existing fleet, the Fjell and Fjord.
The vessels will be equipped with OCTOPUS-TMS-3, which is a part of the OCTOPUS-Onboard functionality. TMS-3 is used for real-time measurement of ship motions, velocities and accelerations in any virtual sensor location. In this way operational limits and critical conditions can clearly be identified.
Seaway Heavy Lifting orders OCTOPUS-Onboard for Oleg Strashnov
Seaway Heavy Lifting ordered OCTOPUS-Onboard for one of the largest Heavy Lift vessels in the world: the 5000-mt Crane vessel Oleg Strashnov.
This latest edition to the SHL fleet is used for execution of various offshore heavy lift projects.The Oleg Strashnov successfully completed its sea trials in November 2010. With OCTOPUS-Onboard the motions of the vessel and the crane are monitored. A workability window shall also be added to the system. The window is interfaced with the weather forecast. In this way the crew can easily see if a heavy lift operation can be executed in a safe way in the next hours and days ahead.
Managing director Leon Adegeest from Amarcon is content with the order from the first class heavy lift transporter: "We are proud that Seaway Heavy Lifting has decided to purchase OCTOPUS-Onboard for their latest new build Oleg Strashnov." He continues: "You can imagine that it is important for SHL to know what kind of environmental conditions they will encounter during an operation, and how these conditions impact the motions of the vessel. You are looking at a 5000-mt crane that can lift up to heights of 100 meters. With our OCTOPUS measurement system the crew onboard can monitor critical motions, velocities and accelerations of the vessel in real-time in any virtual sensor location. The motions of the crane tip can also be monitored and displayed. This will greatly affect the crews understanding of the vessels behavior and will help them to stay within safe and efficient operational limits."
(Dutch) Amarcon en Technical University of Denmark ontwikkelen samen parametrisch slinger waarschuwingssysteem
Onlangs hebben de Technical University of Denmark en Amarcon een exclusieve overeenkomst gesloten ten behoeve van de verdere ontwikkeling van het reeds gepatenteerde PAROLL systeem en integratie ervan in OCTOPUS-Onboard.
Het doel van het project is om doormiddel van specifieke algoritmen, gekoppeld aan gemeten scheepsbewegingen te komen tot een software applicatie die in staat is zeer nauwkeurige waarschuwingen te genereren betreffende parametrisch slingeren. Met het systeem geïnstalleerd op de brug van een schip, kan de bemanning tijdig zien of er een gevaar is poor parametrisch slingeren en daarop anticiperen door snelheid af te nemen of koers te veranderen. Managing Director van Amarcon, Leon Adegeest, vertelt verder: "We zijn erg content met de aangaande samenwerking. Het stelt ons in staat om met behulp van de specifieke expertise van de Technical University of Denmark te komen tot een nog beter parametric roll waarschuwing dan we al hadden."
De eerste verwachte concrete resulaten van het geintegreerde product staan voor eind 2011 op de plank. "Tegen die tijd willen we in staat zijn om het geintegreerde systeem aan te kunnen bieden aan onze klanten", vervolgt Adegeest zijn verhaal.
"De gepatenteerde methodiek is al succesvol toegepast op een containerschip. Bij deze testen was ook een klassificatiemaatschappij betrokken. Parametrisch slingeren is misschien niet een zeer vaak voorkomend fenomeen, maar als het zich voordoet kan dit de bemanning in gevaar brengen en grote schades veroorzaken aan het schip en de lading. Wie kent vanuit de media niet de foto's van containerschepen waarvan grote aantallen containers simpelweg omvallen? Vervoerders met een vaak dure lading aan boord hebben kunnen nu tijdig anticperen op parametrisch slingeren."
OCTOPUS-Performance proves significant fuel savings
In the last few years, Amarcon had a devoted focus on the development of a fuel saving extension within the OCTOPUS-Onboard decision support system: OCTOPUS-Performance.
The Performance extension gives a new dynamic approach to voyage planning. It combines all relevant measurements and forecasts with a new algorithm which will assist the master to reach the destination by choosing the route with the lowest resistance and cruising with the optimal speed. OCTOPUS-Performance can forecast and give advice for actual as well as for simulated situations. Regardless the hull fouling, age or condition of the vessel: the crew will always receive an accurate advice. With OCTOPUS-Performance savings between 2 and 10 % can be achieved, while the vessel is sailing the same average speed and weather conditions. This way fuel consumption can be reduced to an absolute minimum.
Several years of logged data for Panamax-container vessels have been analyzed by Amarcon for the development of a theoretical optimum RPM advice. Recently, these findings were confirmed by collecting data from a Panamax vessel in daily operation. The fuel savings that can be achieved with OCTOPUS-Performance are substantial. In the following overview, the most important conclusions of the study on Panamax container vessels can be found:
1. Sailing with constant RPM is very beneficial; avoiding RPM variations during voyage execution has a fuel saving potential of 4.7%.
2. By using the RPM-advice given by Amarcon, the RPM-fluctuations could be reduced almost completely, resulting in a realization of almost the full saving potential of 4.7%.
3. This corresponded with an annual fuel cost reduction of 6 million dollar for a fleet of twelve Panamax Container vessels based on HFO price of 635 US$ per ton.
Exciting and useful OCTOPUS Presentation & User Group Meeting
On 12 and 13 of April, The first OCTOPUS Presentation & third User Group Meeting was held at Hotel New York in Rotterdam (The Netherlands).
The meetings proved to be a good chance for potential new OCTOPUS clients and users to become (further) acquainted with Amarcon's products and each other. Several interesting discussions and presentations took place in an informal setting, while enjoying the beautiful facilities of Hotel New York. Amongst the speakers were Radboud van Dijk from Heerema Marine Contractors Nederland, Jan de Jonge from Dockwise and Bart Jansen from SMIT Heavy Lift Europe. All the speakers gave a presentation on how OCTOPUS products are used in their daily operations. Amarcon took the chance to highlight her new fuel saving solution within OCTOPUS-Onboard: OCTOPUS-Performance.
Next to the presentations about the use of OCTOPUS-Onboard by existing Amarcon clients, there were also more broad discussions on different trends and topics in the shipping and offshore construction industry. Amarcon gladly received positive feedback on developments within OCTOPUS-Onboard and OCTOPUS-Office.
Amarcon and Technava start collaboration in Greek and Cypriot market
Recently, Amarcon closed an important deal with Technava S.A., a Greek company that represents first class marine equipment manufacturers from all over the world. Founded in 1968, Technava is one of the leading companies in supply, installation and service of equipment on board all types of ships. In the closed deal Technava is appointed for the sales of OCTOPUS products in the Greek and Cypriot market.
Amarcon is the creator of OCTOPUS, a suite of hardware and software products that form a unique solution for the improvement of safety and efficiency for ships and other floating structures operating at sea. Managing director of Amarcon, Leon Adegeest, looks forward to a prosperous collaboration with Greek agent Technava. "Working together with Technava is a logical step for our company. It is a good opportunity for Amarcon to explore the Greek and Cypriot market, while we profit from specific knowledge and the contacts from Technava in the Greek and Cypriot region."
In the current maritime industry the focus on green shipping and EEOI guidelines is becoming more important to ship-owners. Leon Adegeest explains: "Technava is an ideal partner for us when it comes to getting the message across to Greek shipping companies that our OCTOPUS products help reducing the fuel bill, and just as important, harmful emissions." He also sees benefits for Greek ship-owners that charter their ships. "With the installation of OCTOPUS-Onboard, the vessel will be less exposed to severe conditions, leading to a far better hull condition at the end of the chartered period. Another concern for a ship owner is the Dry docking period that has be to be faced every five years. With less stress to the hull, fewer steel plates on the hull have to be replaced during dry docking. With less exposure to extreme conditions and fewer repairs to the hull, a noteworthy life time extension of the vessel is secured."
12 & 13 April 2011: OCTOPUS Presentation & User Group Meeting
The first OCTOPUS Presentation & third User Group Meeting will be held at Hotel New York in Rotterdam (The Netherlands), a beautiful location in the maritime capital of the world. A chance for potential new OCTOPUS clients and users to become (further) acquainted with Amarcon's products and each other.
12 April 2011, OCTOPUS Presentation:
14.00 - 17.00 Hours.
- Presentation of new OCTOPUS products for the maritime industry
- Possibility to ask Amarcon all about the software and the usage of the products
- A good chance for a visit to one of the Maritime capitals of the world: Rotterdam
- Enjoy a lovely dinner together with the other visitors
You are interested in OCTOPUS products and you didn't recieve an invitation by e-mail? Please send an e-mail to usergroupmeeting(at)amarcon.com. We will then send you an application form.
13 April 2011, OCTOPUS-USER GROUP MEETING: 09.00 - 12.00 Hours.
- Exclusive for OCTOPUS users: Gain more knowledge of OCTOPUS products
- Join interesting discussions
- Possibility to ask Amarcon, or other OCTOPUS-Users, all about the software and the usage of the products
- A good chance for a visit to one of the Maritime capitals of the world: Rotterdam
- Find how other users benefit from OCTOPUS, day in, day out.
You are an OCTOPUS User but you didn't recieve an invitation by e-mail?
Please send your request to usergroupmeeting(at)amarcon.com and we will send you an application form.
Dockwise and Amarcon celebrate ongoing relationship
Recently, members of the management of the Oil and gas service provider Dockwise, met an Amarcon delegation, to celebrate their ongoing relationship. Reason for this celebration is the completion of OCTOPUS-Onboard installations on all fifteen Dockwise vessels. The latest OCTOPUS-Onboard installation was executed on board of the Teal in Rotterdam in December 2010.
Dockwise uses the OCTOPUS-Onboard software for the purposes of ship motion monitoring and decision support during Heavy Lift transport operations. Besides this general functionality, the Dockwise fleet is also equipped with additional functionality that meets the specific needs of Heavy lift transportation companies. The OCTOPUS-Onboard extension TMS with the three sensor setup (TMS-3) is used in the Heavy Lift and Offshore & Dredging market. TMS-3 provides virtual real-time measurement of motions, velocities and accelerations in any thinkable location on the vessel, such as CoG of the cargo or a high point in a leg of a jackup rig. In addition to this, additional sensors can be placed on the cargo to measure the cargo motions.
During the meeting, mutual expectations and plans for further collaboration in the near future were reviewed in an informal setting. The Amarcon delegation also congratulated Dockwise with the appointment of Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) in Korea for their new build Type 0 super vessel. The vessel that is unique in its kind because of the exceptional size is scheduled to be delivered in 2012.