BMT Defence Services was named as design contractor for the $220 million contract in June 2013. It applied NAPA for Design to the vessel's stability and hydrodynamics modelling to produce a compartmentation model that can provide hull form throughout the design process to production.
The naval design company says that the model will support the lifetime eco-efficiency of the vessel, either in combination with the NAPA for Operations systems and the NAPA Loading Computer, or as a standalone system that provides vital information on the vessel when it cannot be observed.
Will Giles, the naval architecture lead for BMT Defence Services, said: “NAPA's prompt and high quality technical support is extremely valuable during the tight design schedule for NDLO's new logistics and support vessel. The software's performance in complex calculations means we are able to analyse the results quickly, which frees up time for improvements to the design itself.”
Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME), a long term user of NAPA software systems, will construct the vessel.
Mikko Forss, sales manager for NAPA, said: “NAPA for Design combines both sheer calculation performance and an efficient design process to produce detailed analysis at a fast pace, ensuring naval architects can deliver on this demanding new LSV project, in terms producing the vessel's design in a short timeframe.”
“This is a prestigious contract for BMT Defence Services and the fact that the team have chosen to apply NAPA for Design during the vessel's design process is a huge vote of confidence for our software. Unlike other packages on the market, NAPA has excellent tools to post process and analyse the results in order to understand how the design could be even further improved.”
The vessel will be built in DSME's Okpo yard and will measure 180 metres in length, 26 metres in beam, and have a displacement of over 26,000 tonnes. Delivery to the Royal Norwegian Navy is expected in September 2016.