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Great Ships of 2019

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Tapio Hulkkonen (left) is the Director of Product Management at NAPA Design Solutions. His experi- ence includes 23 years working at shipyards in Finland and now 14 years at NAPA. Teemu Mander- backa is a Senior R&D Engineer at NAPA Shipping Solutions. He has a background in experimental hydrodynamics and computational modeling, and holds a Doctor of Science in Naval Architecture.

Digitalization: How well do you know your ships? ollaboratively use existing tensions and changing expectations of reasonable knowledge of the sale and tion, and ultimately fatigue. While at sea technologies and data to ? nd tonne-mile demand? Maybe it is the rep- purchase market, we’ve so far over- these factors cause progressive deterio- valuable information about a utation of each vessel’s shipyard? How looked perhaps the most important obvi- ration of a vessel, affect its service lifes-

C ship’s actual condition. Even- about re? nery capacity growth in the ous factor of them all: the ship’s current pan, and the level of service and mainte- tually, this leads to positive changes in Middle East and Asia? And, then there’s state. nance it will require. It’s possible to get vessel performance and optimization. Is the enforcement of tighter regulations a partial understanding of a ship’s work- that too much to ask? with stricter safety and environmental The value of due diligence ing life through its logbooks. Similarly,

What’s the basis for the difference be- standards? And, what about that clean The stresses, strains, forces and ten- its classi? cation records will tell you tween the prices paid for VLCCs at the energy “transition?” sions – otherwise known as cyclic load- of any mechanical or structural defects moment? Is it the variance in size or Each of these factors certainly in? u- ing – on a ship are responsible for the which have been remedied, and there are equipment? Or, perhaps the geopolitical ences the ? nal price. But to anyone with structural causes of material degrada- a variety of other specialist sources from

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