• Theme: Ship and Boat Building

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    The Mayflower Autonomous Research Ship takes high-tech to the high seas. In 2020, it will be the first full-sized craft to cross the Atlantic without a single person aboard.   It was in late 1620 that the converted Dutch cargo ship Mayflower made its famous ocean crossing, carrying 102 pilgrims and a crew of about 30...

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    Backed by the Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) and led by shipbuilder Fiskerstrand, the HYBRIDShips innovation project aims to have a pilot version of a hybrid hydrogen/battery-powered ferry operational by 2020. HYBRIDShips will establish the knowledge base necessary to build zero-emission propulsion systems for...

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    With a growing number of key shipboard systems now becoming digitized and interconnected, cybersecurity is an increasingly important part of maritime risk management.   To date, the number of recorded maritime cyberattacks has been minimal. But as the commercial shipping industry moves into the autonomous era, the risk...

    Imagine being able to work out while enjoying a cruise on the Seine. This is the idea behind the Paris Navigating Gym project from the Italian firm Carlo Ratti Associati. The sleek, 20-meter-long fitness vessel would have glass walls and carry up to 45 people. Passengers on cross trainers and pedaling spin bikes would...

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    The naval shipbuilding company Privinvest, headquartered in Lebanon, recently announced the delivery of Sailing Yacht A—the “most advanced sail-assisted superyacht ever built.” The giant vessel measures 143 meters and weighs in at about 12,600 GT, making it one of the largest superyachts in the world. The Sailing...

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    Among its many applications, 3D printing has been used recently to create accurate scale models of boats and yachts. CRP Technology, an Italian 3D printing company, masters this new technology using the selective laser sintering technique with Windform composite materials. NauticExpo e-mag talked to Franco Cevolini,...

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    The French naval architecture firm VPLP is one of the world’s most highly regarded in offshore racing. Their latest triumph—designing the foiling monohull sailed to victory by Armel Le Cléac’h in the latest Vendée Globe. We spoke to VPLP co-founder Marc Van Peteghem about foils, Sea Bubbles and the company’s upcoming...

    Rotterdam is Europe’s largest port, handling 465 million tons of cargo annually. Its appropriately named Innovation Dock is now home to RAMLAB, the first field lab equipped with 3D metal printers to serve maritime and port-related industries.   RAMLAB—Rotterdam Additive Manufacturing Laboratory—carries out research and...

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    Additive manufacturing turns into a powerful tool for designing and building components. America’s Cup teams lead the way, as an Artemis engineer explained to us.   The America’s Cup has always been a laboratory for new technological developments, even more so since the foiling catamaran revolution. Nowhere else in...

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    Already a buzzword in other industries, composites and biocomposites may be poised to play a greater role in the nautical sector. New regulations governing ship’s emissions and wastewater handling have encouraged many companies to focus on going green. The development of technology to make vessels more...