NAPA to provide safety solutions on Isle of Man Steam Packet Company’s new ferry
Isle of Man Steam Packet Company is set to raise safety standards in the passenger sector by selecting NAPA Emergency Computer and NAPA Loading Computer for its flagship RoPax, Manxman
NAPA, the leading maritime software, services and data analysis provider, has announced a new agreement with global shipbuilding company Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD) and passenger shipping company Isle of Man Steam Packet Company.
The installation of NAPA’s industry-leading software, which will optimize operations and enhance safety onboard Manxman on the Heysham-Douglas route, reflects a new benchmark for safety in the sector.
The RoPax is being constructed at HMD in South Korea and is scheduled for delivery in 2023. The new contract marks a series of notable industry firsts for NAPA; the first commissioning of NAPA Safety Solutions by Isle of Man Steam Packet Company and the first installation at HMD.
Under the agreement, NAPA will provide Isle of Man Steam Packet Company with NAPA Emergency Computer, which assesses the vulnerability of an intact ship as well as its survivability in case of a flooding emergency, and NAPA Loading Computer, which optimizes vessel load while minimizing stress and safety risk. NAPA Loading Computer and NAPA Emergency Computer have been approved by all major classification societies.
The investment in available technologies to increase safety and efficiency beyond that of regulation reflects a commitment from Isle of Man Steam Packet Company to increase standards in the sector.
The 133-m long vessel, which is due to start construction shortly, has also been designed using NAPA’s 3D modeling and design functionalities, with NAPA’s hull form optimization, stability assessment and initial structural design further optimizing efficiency and safety in the conceptual and approval phases.
Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Chief Executive Mark Woodward commented:
“We are proud to be recognized as a ferry operator raising standards in the sector. ‘As unquiet as the Irish sea’ is a common English proverb, and climate change is increasing the risks of extreme weather events. The addition of NAPA’s software to better monitor conditions, mitigate risk and enhance ship-shore communication will be increasingly important to the safety of our crew and passengers.”
Lars Nickel, Sales Director, Safety Solutions at NAPA, commented:
“At NAPA, we pride ourselves on enabling vessel owners with the highest level of safety, efficiency, and performance. We are therefore pleased to have NAPA Emergency Computer and NAPA Loading Computer, safety securing Manxman on the increasingly turbulent Heysham-Douglas route.”