British Maritime Technology is managing and leading a European Commission-funded Ship Hull Integrity Programme (SHIP). Specifically SHIP aims to develop a system based on artificial intelligence which needs to combine comprehensive physical sensor and radar-based monitoring with data mining software. This has to automatically link and analyze all the information gathered to aid in pattern recognition. Part of a prototype system has been installed on board a 173 000 dwt bulk carrier, and is proving advantageous. This is because of the awareness generated among officers about the effects of the loading pattern on hull stresses. So far, at sea, damage to internals in the fore part of the vessel have all but been eradicated. The system warns of conditions where bow wave impacts and possible structural damage may occur. This prompts early action such as taking extra ballast or implementing speed and heading changes, particularly significant on the ballast passages.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Motor Ship, v 75 n 902, Sept 1995, p 61 [1 p, 2 fig]
  • Authors:
    • Parker, S
  • Publication Date: 1995


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00718192
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Maritime Technology
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 27 1996 12:00AM