QinetiQ to support development of tidal energy industry vessel

05 Nov 2013

Portsmouth UK - 5th November 2013: Paramarine software has been selected by Mojo Maritime Ltd. to support the design of a new dynamic positioning (DP) offshore construction vessel, the HF4, which will have applications for the tidal energy industry. Mojo Maritime Ltd specialise in marine operations, technical consultancy and project management for the offshore renewable energy sector.

Mojo Maritime Ltd will be using the probabilistic damage analysis module, one of a number of new capabilities in the latest version of QinetiQ GRC's Paramarine software - V8, which takes into account not only the vessel's stability when certain subdivisions of the ship are damaged, but assigns probabilities to various extents of damage and survivability when damaged. This is required as part of the design for all passenger and cargo vessels.

The purpose of the HF4 is to reduce the installed cost of marine renewable energy devices to initiate industrialisation. The vessel is designed to operate using dynamic positioning in currents up to 10 knots, allowing a high degree of accessibility and improved productivity during the construction phases of tidal energy farms. It is capable of installing foundations, cables, subsea connectors and turbines in a wide range of conditions. The development of the vessel is being assisted by the Technology Strategy Board and the Mojo lead consortium.*

"We selected Paramarine because of its extensive functionality and track record in the offshore renewables industry. The parametric nature of Paramarine and its ability to handle novel shaped offshore structures means it is very useful for concept design. In addition the probabilistic damage stability analysis is necessary for the design of special purpose ships as employed in offshore construction where technical construction teams are working on vessels," said Simon Hindley, Naval Architect, Mojo Maritime Ltd.

"We are very excited about the selection of Paramarine software by Mojo Maritime and their use of our software to support the design of such an innovative vessel. The dynamic marine renewable energy sector represents one of our fastest growing markets today," commented Vittorio Vagliani, Managing Director, QinetiQ GRC.

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*The team consists of Bauer Renewables (seabed drilling), Voith Turbo Marine Engineering (leading on basic design and supply of VSP's), DNV (classification) and University of Exeter (analysis of turbulence and input to DP simulation). The project also has support from the Technology Strategy Board/ Scottish Enterprise under their MESAT Program. Construction is planned to begin in 2014.

Paramarine is based on over 20 years' experience in marine design. Thousands of concept vessels have been modelled and their stability analysed using Paramarine. Paramarine is used by many of the world's leading commercial and naval shipbuilders and ship and submarine designers such as Rolls Royce, Babcock, BAE and Navantia as well as some leading universities including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and University College London.