Partner 7: Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (MARIN)

The Maritime Research Institute Netherlands was founded in 1929 as the Netherlands Ship Model Basin (NSMB) by the Dutch government and industry. Work was started in 1932, following completion of the deep water towing tank.

To cope with the ever-increasing demands of the industry for research in the fields of powering performance, seakeeping and manoeuvring, including shallow water effects, cavitation, vibration, noise etc., a whole series of special test laboratories was successively built. A new Seakeeping and Manoeuvring Basin became operational in the course of 1999.

With respect to cruise ships, MARIN is one of the key players in worldwide hydrodynamic research. This research is performed by means of scale model tests, but also by means of the FREDYN computer program that is used for simulation of intact and damaged vessels in extreme weather conditions. FREDYN was for instance used for an early study in to the "time to sink" problem for cruise ships after having suffered damage.

Furthermore, MARIN has considerable experience in working in Joint Industry Projects. Both in terms of actual research work and coordination of research projects.

For the present project MARIN will use its experimental facilities (Seakeeping and Manoeuvring Basin) to investigate flooding effects on isolated cabin arrangements and complete cruise ship models.

Staff members involved in project FLOODSTAND will be:

  1. Dr. Ir. Frans van Walree, PhD degree in naval architecture from Delft University of Technology, 22 years experience in hydrodynamic research, responsible for the development and use of FREDYN.
  2. Ir. Egbert Ypma, MSC degree in naval architecture from Delft University of Technology, 20 years experience in ship research and automation projects. Is specialised in damage related model testing and the use and development of FREDYN for damage cases.

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