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NTS shipyard to use Friendship-Framework

Shanghai: Chinese shipbuilder New Times Shipbuilding  (NTS) has signed a contractual agreement with GL's maritime software developer Friendship Systems. The contract includes the licensing of engineering software and design support for the development of a large crude oil tanker. By introducing the simulation-driven design software, the DanHua Port-based shipyard aims to improve the efficiency of its products, streamlining its design work and increasing its competitiveness.

Friendship-Framework is a CAE software system for the simulation-driven design of optimal functional surfaces like ship hulls, rudders, propellers and other maritime systems exposed to a flow regime. The development of optimally task-suitable, energy efficient, high performing designs is achieved in a streamlined design process which is built around integrated simulation. Parametric modelling, variant generation and assessment, as well as hydrodynamic optimisation are key design steps which are fed by the simulation results and lead to an optimal design.

NTS boasts extensive shipbuilding facilities, which include dry docks for 150,000 dwt and 300,000 dwt vessels and also operates a marine design and research institute and a technology centre. Since 1996, the shipyard has delivered about 100 vessels of all types, mainly bulk carriers, oil tankers and container ships. According to the company, a present 114 vessels are in the order book amounting to a total of 13,800,000 dwt.  [18/08/10]

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