Floating platforms will have to cope with harsh weather influencing safety and comfort onboard the platform during operation.

Floating platforms need to have as wide an operational window as possible. It means that “time on water” is essential to perform their job, meaning that the purpose of a seakeeping evaluation will not be focused on the accelerations and rolling. 

Obtaining a successful design

For a successful vessel design, good seakeeping characteristics should be incorporated into the design in the initial design phases. At this stage, it is still possible to vary the geometry of the hull or structure or to change other design parameters that are critical with respect to wave forces and/or vessel motions. Therefore, it is important to have reliable prediction tools at hand in the initial design phase.

Numerical seakeeping

We offer numerical seakeeping predictions based on a 3D linear radiation-diffraction panel code (S-Omega). With these tools, we calculate the motion response of the ship, wave forces, added mass and damping for different operational profiles of sea states, speeds and headings. Furthermore, the tools produce operability analysis for a given sea state and mission with its specific restrictions.

Tank test

We use the still water tests ship model for the seakeeping tests. In the seakeeping 
set-up, the ship model is fully equipped with powering and autopilot steering control, thus allowing a free-sailing mode (6-DOF) in the generated irregular (or regular) sea states. The ship model is further instrumented to measure seakeeping parameters. 

Typical measurements include: 

  • 6-DOF vessel motions
  • wave elevations
  • propeller(s) thrust
  • torque and rate of revolutions
  • vertical and/or transverse accelerations at specified points
  • observation/documentation of rarely occurring events (slamming, deck wetness, green water, propeller immergence, etc.)
Based on the measured data, the following general seakeeping parameters are reported: encounter wave spectrum, 6-DOF motions (in the form of response functions), statistics and power spectra of the measured accelerations, added power in waves and associated speed loss, rarely occurring events.