cleaner, safer and smarter
Our track record in research and innovative concept development would not be possible without our facilities and tools. Since MARIN was founded we have made thousands of ships and operations around the world safer, faster, more efficient and greener. Aiming to bridge the gap between design and operation we are involved in the entire lifecycle of the ship, from the initial concept development to design, construction and subsequently to the final operation. This allows us to continuously assess and improve our research.
We have a complete range of model test facilities, software tools, simulators, numerical facilities and measurement techniques to test, simulate and monitor ships and operations including the human factor. The unique combination and synergy of these facilities and tools enable us to achieve reliable predictions of the performance in the design phases, but also to improve and ensure the optimal operational use of the ship or structure.
We offer a complete range of dedicated model test facilities for applied research. Testing with models under realistic conditions remains invaluable as an accurate and objective way to quantify and demonstrate the behaviour and performance of a ship or structure. Complementing each other, each facility is used to solve specific design and research issues.
We have an active history in the development of (Full Mission) Bridge Simulators, both for research and expert training purposes at our Nautical Centre MSCN and as hardware delivery to its customers at the Maritime Simulation & Software Group. MSCN operates three different DOLPHIN type real-time navigation simulators for research, consultancy and expert training purposes. Our simulators are approved by Det Norske Veritas (DNV) and are commercially available as well.
By means of simulating the port environment and the vessel, professionals such as captains, pilots, mooring masters and tug masters can demonstrate the feasibility of a port layout on safety and viability in a simulator. Full Mission Bridge Simulators are used to reduce risk and downtime in (offshore) operations by investigating and training manoeuvring and communication skills, or by optimising manoeuvring strategies, port layouts and vessel designs.
All our simulators can be operated independently or in any combination and are based on in-house developed and validated tools and technology. The bridges are equipped with realistic consoles and instrumentation. The mock-up of each simulator can be adapted according to the client’s wishes or research needs.
For over 15 years we have been using computational clusters to assist with time consuming numerical studies. Over the years these clusters have continued to grow in size and capabilities. Since MARCLUS4 was introduced in 2014 these computational clusters combined with our in-house software have been seen as a numerical facility for a broad range of simulations, such as Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) using our ReFRESCO code, but also time-domain simulations using our XMF framework.
Software is one of the important ways in which we capture our experience and knowledge and reuse it in analysis, prediction, modelling and simulation.
We assimilate knowledge and experience acquired during our research into software that is used on a day-to-day basis. Our tools are continuously validated with model test results and full-scale data. Moreover, new software is developed as a convenient way to assimilate project results in many of our projects, such as the Joint Industry Projects.
Where possible we combine software developments with model basin experiments or full-scale trials, ensuring that validation remains a primary objective.
If you are interested to use our tools in your own design and engineering you are able to purchase some of our products.
Our clients require detailed measurements of both the operation’s performance and its circumstances. That is why we are continuously developing and implementing new experimental techniques.