Centre for Marine Science and Technology orders OCTOPUS Seaway Pro (December 2005)
Centre for Marine Science and Technology of the Curtin University of Technology orders OCTOPUS Seaway Pro, which includes OCTOPUS Seaway to calculate and OCTOPUS Reports to report the vessel motions.
Founded in 1985, the Centre for Marine Science and Technology (CMST) comprises a multi-skilled group of scientists and engineers committed to the development of technical ocean-related skills in Australia. The Centre has earned a reputation as a high quality marine technology research and development facility responsive to industry and government needs.
Now CMST from Australia is using OCTOPUS there are five continents in which OCTOPUS Software is used. Europe, United States, Asia, Africa and Oceania.
Marine Cybernetics orders OCTOPUS Office including 3 modules (December 2005)
Marine Cybernetics orders OCTOPUS Office, with Seaway, Reports and the latest module OCTOPUS Modeller for geometry modelling, meshing, conversion import and export from and to several file types and OCTOPUS-Visualization for 3D-viewing the ship motions in waves (from simple regular waves to multi-directional spreaded seas).
Marine Cybernetics offers independent testing and validation of control systems installed on ships and offshore installations.
Costamare's Sealand New York equipped with OCTOPUS 5.0 (December 2005)
After years of sealing with OCTOPUS 4.0 now the Greek ship-owner Costamare Shipping Company S.A. is the first who is using OCTOPUS 5.0.
Onboard the Sealand New York the decision support system is installed with the latest interfaces. Using the weather forecast data of Meteo Consult's SPOS and Loadstar's loading condition data the user is able to sail the optimum track with the predicted vessel motions.
Costamare Shipping Company S.A. is one of the major Greek ship owners operating container line services for Maersk Sealand, MSC and APL amongst others.
OCTOPUS at Europort Maritime 2005 (1-5 November) (December 2005)
Imtech Marine & Offshore demonstrates the latest OCTOPUS software (version 5.0) as part of the UniMACS bridge in combination with the latest wave-radar technology and as the ship-response based route-optimization component in Meteo Consult's weather routing package SPOS.
Imtech is located at booth no. 270 (hal 2).
Glasgow Caledonian University orders an OCTOPUS university license (September 2005)
Glasgow Caledonian University orders a university license of OCTOPUS including Reports and Seaway. Glasgow Caledonian University Glasgow Caledonian University began in 1875 and is one of the largest universities in Scotland with over 14,000 students.
MARIN and AMARCON co-operate in further development of OCTOPUS (August 2005)
Today, the Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (MARIN) and AMARCON agreed to co-operate in further development of OCTOPUS. MARIN is an internationally recognized authority on hydrodynamics, involved in frontier breaking research programs for the maritime and offshore industries and navies. With this co-operation, MARIN and AMARCON intent to strengthen their market position. Amarcon's product suite OCTOPUS consists of several applications for ship design and analysis and is a tool for everybody. A lot of attention has been paid to user-friendliness. With this co-operation, state-of-the art hydrodynamic knowledge will become available to all OCTOPUS users.
The Johns Hopkins University has ordered OCTOPUS (June 2005)
The number of OCTOPUS users in the United States is still growing. JHU APL is now using OCTOPUS including Seaway and Reports. Applied Physics Laboratory, a research and development division of the Johns Hopkins University, supports the Department of Defense, NASA and other Government agencies through innovative applied research, technical development, and problem solving. Located on 360 acres in Laurel, Maryland, the Laboratory employs approximately 3,800 engineers, scientists, and supporting staff in a broad range of disciplines. One of the programs is The Maritime Technology Program Area focuses on submarine sensor/combat systems development and ocean surveillance.
OCTOPUS Onboard now proven (June 2005)
At the Nor-Shipping, Scandinavia's leading shipping fair, Germanischer Lloyd has presented its proven Shipboard Routing Assistance (SRA) build up around AMARCON's OCTOPUS software system. Originally, the SRA-system had been developed to give the officers of container ships an early warning of heavy weather with dangerously high waves. Through the systematic evaluation of waves, winds and currents, SRA is able to calculate their effects on the vessel and to simulate adequate countermeasures on board. As a result, it is possible to avoid the potential risks for the crew, ship and cargo posed by the dreaded parametric rolling. In addition, the shipmaster can use seaway data from weather forecasts for active route planning. More...
OCTOPUS at Nor-Shipping 2005 (June 2005)
South African Navy sets sail with OCTOPUS (May 2005)
After Europe, United States and Asia now OCTOPUS is also being used in the continent Africa. The South African Navy has purchased a license of the OCTOPUS-software.
OCTOPUS DSS successfully installed on Oil Combat Vessel ARCA (May 2005)
The oil spill combat vessel Arca has been equipped with OCTOPUS, this time in combination with the latest wave radar technology developed by TNO Physics an Electronics Laboratory. This radar called SeaDarQ measures the directional wave spectrum as well as current fields and waterdepth. The Arca (length 83m) is an advanced oil combat vessel with a capacity of more than 1000 m3. When there is no need to combat oil, the vessel is used for hydrographic survey of the sea bed.
Two new OCTOPUS-Onboard installations (May 2005)
Two new OCTOPUS-Onboard installations have been installed on a panamax and a newbuilding post-panamax container vessel. The installations were carried out on behalf of Germanischer Lloyd. The two container carriers are the next ships in a row which are equipped with the state-of-the-art onboard route-advisory and monitoring system OCTOPUS-SRA. After the pilot application has been in operation since 2002, aboard Costamare Shipping's post-panamax container carrier 'Sealand New York', and a second system was installed in September, 2003, on the Costamare ship New York Express, chartered by Hapag-Lloyd, several installations on major carriers like the Hapag-Lloyd owned 'Hamburg Express' followed. Now it's the first time a newbuilding container carrier is equiped with OCTOPUS-SRA. Later four newbuildings will be protected against dangerous situations including the phenomenon known as parametric roll.
Technical details about the OCTOPUS-SRA system can be found here.
Norwegian University of Science and Technology orders OCTOPUS (April 2004)
For one of his Centres of Excellence, the Centre for Ships and Ocean Structures (CeSOS), Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) orders the latest version of OCTOPUS. NTNU, with 20 000 students, is a centre for technological education and research in Norway, with a solid foundation in the natural sciences. CeSOS places high emphasis to dissemination of knowledge.
OCTOPUS Reports adds flexible reporting and post processing functionality to the OCTOPUS product suite. Using OCTOPUS Reports together with OCTOPUS Seaway, the famous frequency-domain ship motions program, gives the user a more than complete application in the field of hydrodynamics.
Connecting Satellite Data to OCTOPUS Decision Support (March 2005)
Amarcon and ARGOSS have initiated a project to connect satellite data to the OCTOPUS Onboard Decision Support System. OCTOPUS will be extended to use wind and spectral wave data, derived from satellite data combined with computational models, to provide ship management and crew with additional information to predict ship performance on board. This high resolution, high quality wind and spectral wave historical database will also be implemented in an advanced Voyage Simulation application as part of OCTOPUS Office. Purpose of this tool is to carry out detailed ship performance analyses (voyage duration, fuel consumption, schedule regularity, risk analyses). This project is supported by the Netherlands Agency for Aerospace Programmes (NIVR).
University Of New Orleans orders Seaway (January 2005)
University Of New Orleans (UNO) orders a campus license of OCTOPUS including Seaway for Windows. UNO, with more than 17,000 students has the #1 Undergraduate Naval Architectural Program in USA.
OCTOPUS Routing Integrated in latest release of SPOS (January 2005)
A close co-operation between Meteo Consult and Amarcon resulted in an integrated application of vessel response information in the SPOS weather and voyage planning software. The combination of OCTOPUS Routing with SPOS enables the user to calculate optimum tracks with forecasted weather and predicted vessel motions. The user can predefine a combination of up to 6 maximum motion criteria and the SPOS system will automatically advice tracks avoiding areas where those criteria are to be exceeded. Since the whole integration is brought into the SPOS interface, the use of the system is extremely simple. In the SPOS screenshot, the red arrows indicate the area where the selected motion criteria are exceeded. Click here for more information about SPOS.