NAPA, the leading provider of marine data analysis software, services and analytics, announced a new agreement with global shipbuilding company Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD) and passenger transportation company Isle of Man Steam Packet Company. The installation of state-of-the-art NAPA software, which will optimize operations and improve safety aboard Manxman on the Heysham-Douglas route, reflects a new benchmark in safety in the industry.
The RoPax is under construction at HMD in South Korea and is expected to be delivered in 2023. The new contract marks a series of notable industry firsts for NAPA; the first commissioning of NAPA Safety Solutions by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company and the first installation at HMD.
Under the agreement, NAPA will provide the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company with a NAPA emergency computer, which assesses the vulnerability of an intact ship as well as its survivability in the event of a flood, and a NAPA loading computer, which optimizes the ship’s load while minimizing stress. and security risks. The NAPA Charging Computer and the NAPA Emergency Computer have been approved by all major classification societies.
The investment in the technologies available to increase safety and efficiency beyond regulation reflects a commitment by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company to raise standards in the industry.
The 133m-long vessel, whose construction is due to begin shortly, was also designed using NAPA’s 3D modeling and design capabilities, with optimization of the hull shape, evaluation of NAPA’s stability and initial structural design, further optimizing efficiency and safety in the design and approval phases.
Mark Woodward, Managing Director of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, said: “We are proud to be recognized as a ferry operator who is raising standards in the industry. “As worried as the Irish Sea” is a common English proverb, and climate change increases the chances of extreme weather events.
“The addition of NAPA software to better monitor conditions, mitigate risk and improve ship-to-shore communication will be increasingly important for the safety of our crew and passengers.”
Lars Nickel, Sales Director, Safety Solutions at NAPA, said: “At NAPA, we pride ourselves on providing vessel owners with the highest level of safety, efficiency and performance.
“So we are delighted to have the NAPA Emergency Computer and the NAPA Charging Computer, which keep Manxman safe on the increasingly turbulent Heysham-Douglas route.”
Since its launch in 2015, NAPA Emergency Computer has become the industry benchmark for integrated decision support.
The software is currently used by almost all major cruise lines, including Carnival Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Norwegian Cruise Line, Viking Ocean Cruises, Genting Cruise Lines, Virgin Voyages, Saga Cruises, Hurtigruten, and Lindblad Expeditions.