Landmark articles on future requirements and new technology for the maritime sector by John Haynes
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.
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.
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.
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.
Other transport sectors around the world are successfully utilising…