‘Process optimization within shipbuilding leads to savings and to strengthening our competitive position towards other countries,’ says Roel de Graaf, managing director at NMT. ‘Optimizing processes is a topic that every shipyard should be working on. Daily practice shows that this is still not happening enough.'
Shipbuilding is complex and conservative. Building ships is an extremely precise task. It is important that all processes are coordinated. In the past, this was mainly done by experience. ‘Nowadays I notice that managing on data is becoming increasingly important. And I think that is a positive development', says Catina Geselschap, director of Dredging Standard Modular Vessels at Royal IHC in South Holland.
Strengthening the Dutch competitive position
The importance is also seen in the north of the Netherlands. “There are plenty of opportunities for innovation. By working together in the field of efficiency, smarter design and robotization, we want to strengthen the competitive position of the maritime sector in Groningen and Friesland," says Guus van der Bles, development director of design agency Conoship International BV.
A large number of shipyards are united in the Groninger Maritime Board. Their common dot on the horizon? Building the ships of the future. In particular, high-quality short sea shipping (short sea shipping) and cargo ships. ‘Cost savings in hull construction means growth in the number of ships to be built,’ explains Guus van der Bles. "This also offers opportunities for installers and suppliers and growth of employment in the region."
‘Despite the fact that ships differ from each other, many processes are similar. By linking the 3D designs we make to smart software, companies can better manage the construction process and processes become more manageable. While shipyards currently spend a lot of time “walking-searching-waiting”, we will soon be able to plan much better which parts should be ready at what time and where,' he says.