Future of ships


Statoil is now demanding battery power on vessels to be hired on new 5-year contracts: http://sysla.no/maritim/nye-statoil-kontrakter-forste-gang-krever-hun-batteri-pa-batene/


There is a lot going on in the world to reduce emission from ships.
Will we see large container ships and tankers with sails in the not too far future??: https://www.tu.no/artikler/i-lopet-av-de-neste-fem-arene-er-planen-a-bygge-en-skipsflate-med-15-til-25-kjempeseilskip/396774


The way to go to meet the demand for more efficient and less polluting ships of the future is to cooperate:


Just got this in the email. It is a survey by Nautilus UK about unmanned ships.




Like in Diner for One - the same procedure as every year, James. Refer to sea-watch.org.
Some folks say it turns out to be a dubios business of escape-help rather than human help. This moral question is not decided between the big ship Captain and the poor guys in their boats with their self inflicted holes.
I was there in the same vicinity of South China sea in 1975 and later. We received orders from the company to avoid those boat people at any costs and alter course as necessary - we obeyed orders.


Future of drillships?: http://www.offshore-mag.com/articles/print/volume-77/issue-7/departments/drilling-production/diamond-offshore-huisman-advance-floating-factory-concept.html

A Drillship that already have a Huisman 12000 “Drilling tower” in place of the traditional derrick is heading for the Black Sea: http://www.offshore-mag.com/articles/2017/07/noble-drillship-heading-to-the-black-sea.html

Just wonder if she can pass under the bridges at Bosphorus without removing top of the “tower”??
I was involved in preparing two Jackups for passage under those bridges, which involved not only removing most of the legs, but also top of the derrick.


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Just wonder if she can pass under the bridges at Bosphorus without removing top of the “tower”??
I was involved in preparing two Jackups for passage under those bridges, which involved not only removing most of the legs, but also top of the derrick.
[/quote] Probably not, but if it’s a good contract then it will be worth the breaking down and building back up both coming and going.


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I just remembered from inspecting the Bully I & II that the top of the tower is indeed designed to be easily removed and re-installed just for that purpose:

This taken from the Huisman web site. Here is a link for those who would like to know more about this equipment: https://www.huismanequipment.com/en/products/drilling/drill_ships/huisdrill_10000


Have your say on Autonomous ships and more: http://splash247.com/unmanned-ship-debate-mirrors-earlier-ecoship-marketing/


Maybe the technology has already passed the level of humans ability?: http://www.ship-technology.com/features/featureis-technology-making-ships-too-complex-5881688/

So, is the answer to go a step further and remove the human factor altogether, or to go back to a simpler date?

I have seen the result when there are a dozen screens on the bridge to “make it easy” for the OOW:

(Somebody may recognize this bridge?)

When an alarm sounds he first have to determine what is the reason, then try to silence it by pressing buttons all over the place. Stressful and taking the concentration away from watching what is happening in the real world, outside the bridge windows.

I know that the latest development is towards fewer screens and one alarm silencing button, but there are still too many vessels with bridge designs made by people with no practical experience and without consultation with those who have.

Here is an example from an AHTS with Azimuth thruster, where ALL manoeuvre handles were on the same console at the Aft Controls:

As can be seen, the Captain had found a solution. He used the Joystick, even when handling anchors. (Not an easy or efficient thing to do)

But the problem was that the Chief Engineer handling the Winch Panel was standing between him and the window were he could see the crew working on deck:

To make it worse, the Captain was a short Indonesian and the C/Eng. just about the biggest Pinoy you could find.


The first picture is a DP semi-submersible mobile offshore drilling unit. A key help was different tones of alarms and as you got familiar with your vessel you would know which console the alarm was from. Also, several of the consoles (the ones with joysticks) were duplicates of each other (if one main DP operator station failed on the vessel in the picture, you had two or three more you could choose to work from), and you would have certain consoles with more relevant ‘alarms’ depending on the mode of operation at the time. Three or four other consoles all controlled the same systems and you could acknowledge alarms on those from any console. And if you are only silencing alarms, you are not doing your job.

So it’s not nearly as complex when it comes to alarm management as one would think. It’s true, some bridge designs stink, and some bridge layouts on DP vessels are poorly laid out and contribute to accidents. But don’t forget the context of what the vessel is supposed to do. I have also seen several vessels with very well laid out bridges.


More Future technology that is already here and will be seen in use soon: https://www.green4sea.com/worlds-most-eco-friendly-cruise-ship-designed-in-spain/
She will not be unmanned though. That wouldn’t be possible. How could you have cruise ship with no Captain to host the Captain’s Dinner?

Oh I remember, somebody suggested hiring an actor to do that duty.
(Maybe a certain ex-Captain with cruise ship experience would do too. He just have to get out of jail first)


Is the first autonomous ships already in operation in USA?: https://aksjelive.e24.no/tesla-musk-avviser-at-yara-skip-er-forst-uten-mannskap/1501494489457

More on these converted barges in English: http://foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com/spacexs-landing-drone-ship-is-just-as-complicated-as-th-1769987148

Calling them autonomous may be a stretch of the term. Remotely operated from a nearby support vessels is not exactly “autonomous”.


That is a barge, they can call it whatever they want but it is not a ship.

It has a ABS Class Notations: Barge


I thought someone would recognize the bridge picture from Development Driller 1, which was taken during sea trials in Singapore just before departing for GoM. At that stage everybody was fairly new and alarms were one of their main grievances.

Yes there are good and bad layout, both for DP rigs, Drillships and other Offshore vessels. The Rolls-Royce Unified Bridge is one of the best in the business: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SU16e7wZtYw

For tugs RRM has special designed bridge control: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27uCL90s20o

The ultimate bridge design for Offshore vessels is probably the latest Ulstein Bridge Vision, with overhead displays, but it may be a while before too many of those shows up, given the near stop in building new such vessels: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7A1zgxTlsck

I hope they will match the big windows with equally powerful air-conditioning for operation in tropical climate.


Here’s an amusing tweet from Musk about it.


Yup, good 'ol DD1.

I actually liked the bridge layout for DP operations, although it was certainly cozy and even more so during an emergency or a drill.

It could always get better, but overall a nice setup.


Will one of these show up in the GoM sometime soon??: http://maritime-executive.com/article/diamond-and-huisman-design-next-generation-drillship
Noble already have 4 drillships withe Huisman 1200 drilling towers and I believe at least one has operated in the GoM in the past.

Anybody here with ACTUAL experience with it, not just negative hearsay and FEELINGS that because it is new and foreign, it is therefore dangerous and inefficient.

I attended the two built in Singapore as MWS, but at that time they obviously hadn’t actually been in use.


When I saw this tweet I really laughed my liquids out. Fantastic. I image streams of prime service specialists with bread and butter boxes swarming about to find their assigned repair space. :-))