Demand for FORAN surging in Asia
In view of the imminent restructuring of the major Chinese, South Korean and Japanese shipbuilders, SENER has focused its activities in the region on the dynamic small and medium shipbuilder sector and on independent engineering firms. 2017 and the first quarter of 2018 have undoubtedly been the busiest time ever for SENER’s Shanghai and Busan offices since they were opened six years ago.
In Korea, the Kangnam Corporation is putting the finishing touches on a 500-ton patrol boat for the Coast Guard: a FORAN project developed in coordination with the Dynamic Marine Engineering Cluster in Busan. In the commercial sector, the same players had already worked with the FORAN System in 2017 to deliver the Doola Sun, an oil tanker with 4,700 deadweight tons (dwt), and the Doola Sky, a 3,500 dwt chemical tanker, both for the local shipowner Doola Shipping.
Meanwhile, Far East Ship Design & Engineering and Korea Ship Engineering are working together on an R&D project for the Agency for Defense Development, with the primary goal of streamlining the design of unmanned surveillance vehicles. All of the models and the general arrangements of the various ship types are being designed with FORAN.
The new ships designed with FORAN also include three 3,500 dwt oil tankers, designed by JM Engineering and delivered by EK Heavy Industries at its Goseong shipyard in 2017 for the Korean shipowners Daebok Shipping and Keoje Marine, and for the Filipino line Animo Marine Haulers.
Elsewhere, after two years using FORAN, GAS Entec is still participating in governmental R&D projects and continues to develop its own Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) bunkering technology. It will also soon begin work on the engineering for a series of FSRUs for PaxOcean in China, and on a group of regasification modules for a Turkish shipowner.
The engineering firm Fairline in Mokpo has been using FORAN for just as long, putting it to work on two unique shipbuilding projects in 2017: a multi-purpose fishing patrol ship and a debris-collecting vessel.
The Korea Offshore & Shipbuilding Engineering Cooperative has also added FORAN to its design tools and is starting to create equipment models that can be deployed in new projects, the first of which will be performed by Daeyoung Engineering.
These users are also joined by the giant Hyundai Heavy Industries, which has begun a preliminary trial with FORAN, and by Geo Shipbuilding & Marine Tech, which has replaced all of its 60 3D CAD licenses with FORAN and is set to start using the system on the project for a floating storage unit (FSU) for Turkey.
In China, FORAN remains the CAD tool of choice for veteran clients such as the shipbuilder Hin Lee Zhuhai, and the Wuhan Ship Development and Design Institute and the CIMC Ocean Engineering Design & Research Institute engineering firms. Meanwhile, notable new license holders include the Qingdao National Laboratory for Marine Science & Technology, and the Fishery Machinery & Instrument Research Institute: two research and development centers that work together on projects related to fishing vessels, thanks to FORAN’s proven effectiveness in collaborative engineering.
In the naval segment, SENER has now obtained the licenses it needs to export its marine CAD system to the major public companies where all of the production is concentrated: the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation and the China State Shipbuilding Corporation.
The FORAN System is particularly well regarded in Chinese academic circles. The most prestigious universities have educational licenses, and they often provide technical collaboration opportunities, especially Wuhan University of Technology. The newest member of the club is Ludong University, in Yantai.
Meanwhile in Japan, FORAN’s top Asian licensee since 2007, Sanoyas Shipbuilding, continues to produce bulk carriers ranging from 70,000 to 105,000 dwt, and in August it will begin to use the Electrical Design subsystem on real projects. Elsewhere, the ship repair company Sanwa Dock is increasing its portfolio of orders, especially for adapting ballast water treatment equipment and systems in all types of vessels to bring them in line with the latest international regulations.