FORAN selected for the ASMAR Antarctica I project

Ship design using SENER’s FORAN System The Chilean naval shipbuilder ASMAR (Astilleros y Maestranzas de la Armada) has acquired new FORAN licenses for developing and building a modern Antarctic ship for the country at its Talcahuano shipyard. The procurement is part of Chile’s Antarctica I project and represents an investment of over US$210 million (€178 million) that will make it possible to extend Antarctic missions.

The Antarctic ship will have a length of 111 m (364 feet), a beam of 21 m (69 feet) and a draft of 7.2 m (23.6 feet). It will be able to operate at speeds of up to 3 knots on ice up to 1-meter thick (3.3 feet) and up to 20 cm (7.9 inches) of snow. It will be fitted out with state-of-the-art equipment to support cutting-edge scientific research and will have search and rescue capacity for accidents at sea. The new polar ship will be operational for the 2022–2023 season.

Following the approach of previous projects, ASMAR has opted for the latest version of FORAN (V80R2.0) for the detailed engineering and construction of the ship. At the end of 2017, it embarked on a major expansion of its permanent licenses for the structure, equipment, piping, distribution and electrical subsystems.

It is also a sign of ASMAR’s pursuit of continuous innovation and the improvement of construction methods and processes, and will make use of the latest FORAN features, such as the multi-pass cutting of beveled edges adapted to its cutting machines.

ASMAR has held FORAN licenses since 1996 and had over 20 years of experience working on different types of projects using different versions of the software, from fishing vessels and research vessels through to modern Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV).