NEXT GEN Marine advises on future requirements and new technology for the high speed craft sector. Recent articles by John Haynes:
Power & Energy Solutions
Ports and the offshore industry are now recognising the potential of utilising hybrid power linked to innovative propulsion systems. However, the cost of adopting hybrid technology on retrofit projects and new vessels requires a viable business case to justify higher capital expenditure (CAPEX).
Over the next decade the maritime sector is likely to see one of the largest changes since sail gave way to steam. Unmanned or autonomous vessels have passed through the trial and evaluation stage and are now being adopted for civilian and military applications.
As commercial boat operations increase both operating speeds and demands on crews capabilities the next generation of maritime communications may be using technology that has been developed for military and security applications.
Hybrid is ‘here and now’ technology that is being utilised by many industries around the world. The marine industry is now recognising the potential of utilising hybrid power and innovative propulsion systems for vessels in the sub IMO professional sector.
Ship & Offshore
In 2015 two significant developments are going to make many operators and builders of professional vessels consider hybrid marine power. Firstly the new emissions laws in ports and secondly there is now an incentive to invest in developing highly efficient batteries.
Professional high speed craft operators need a combination of shock mitigation solutions. There is no ‘silver bullet’ - shock mitigation is about reducing forces and potential injury by a few percent wherever possible via the hull, seats and deck.
Offshore wind farm development has been led globally by the UK, followed by Germany. Wind farm support vessels have been specifically developed for transiting to wind farms in a wide range of conditions then delivering technicians onto wind farm turbines.
In 2015 two significant developments are going to make many operators, owners and builders of professional vessels consider hybrid marine power. Firstly the new emissions laws in ports and secondly the development of next generation battery systems.
Ship & Boat International
Industry is making innovative progress developing optimal propulsion solutions for fast craft in the sub-IMO (sub 24 metre) sector. Engine manufacturers now recognise that high performance must be balanced with fuel economy and environmental compliance.
A major challenge for the builders of next generation high speed craft is delivering platforms that balance high performance with the physical demands on crew and passengers. With unbreakable boats plus a surplus of engine power Shock Mitigation is essential.
Mobility and manoeuvrability plus the ability to operate in shallow areas are critical capabilities for small craft. Defining a multi-role craft is a challenge for large fleet procurements. Examines the roles of hovercraft, foiling craft, Personal Water Craft (PWC) and innovations.
Defence Industry Bulletin
Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) procurement is relevant for organisations operating fast boats. The Briefing Room contributions are from leading experts around the globe which examine every facet of the modern defence and military sector covering land, sea and air.
Performance, Speed, Fuel Economy and Environmental Compliance all come together to form the ultimate balancing act for OEM engine manufacturers and end-user organisations alike. Examines the future of propulsion systems and fuel types in the fast boat sector.
Many variables drive the design decisions for High Speed Craft and RHIBs. Timelines and budget constraints are increasingly driving procurement decisions. Various Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) hull, engineering and equipment solutions are increasingly viable.
About the chase boats that supported Americas Cup racing in San Francisco Bay. A military spec Interceptor, a 12 metre RHIB and a 1200hp Catamaran were needed as AC72 sail boats hit 40 knots in the world's ultimate high performance sailing event.
RIB International - Issue 100
Professional maritime organisations need to operate high speed craft in adverse sea conditions. Shock mitigation strategies integrate specialist hull designs, equipment, components and systems for efficient operations and to protect crews from injury.