|MD Mika Laurilehto|
Deltamarin’s Managing Director Mr. Mika Laurilehto writes about Deltamarin in the past and today.
Twenty years ago a group of naval architects and engineers wanted to do something extraordinary. They had a vision of a bold way of doing ship design and they set off to fulfil that vision. As Mr. Alf Björkman, our first managing director, states: “We saw that an engineering company could function as a development centre for the shipbuilding industry.” An opportunity for an independent engineering group operating internationally was identified – Deltamarin was founded and the rest is history, as they say.
During the past twenty years Deltamarin has striven to excel in many ways. Complex tasks are always welcomed; the principal idea has been that the competence of the personnel will increase through challenging assignments.
Being a forerunner in 3D technology, creating new innovative hull forms and adapting and assisting in the introduction of several new technologies to the marine industry has not always been easy. The company has weathered the ups and downs of the maritime industry yet always aimed at developing the knowledge and skills to serve the customers with innovative solutions for their needs.
In today’s world of instant communication, social media and global business Deltamarin has held its ground and stayed faithful to the ideals of its founders. We still strive to serve our customers with the best possible designs and highest quality work.
During anniversaries organisation tend to reflect on their history. Remaining faithful to our ideals we decided to turn that upside down and consider the future of maritime industry instead. We have asked some of our customers and partners as well as our engineers and specialists to highlight some recent development work, projecting glimpses of the future as we see it.
So what has changed during the last twenty years? Technical development of ships and their systems as well as the tools they are engineered with has been enormous. We believe that in the future this trend will continue but in addition issues related to life-cycle cost efficiency and solutions considering sustainability will also get more focus.
Today our offering covers the entire life-cycle of a maritime project. Our services can start from a specific transportation need of a client, which we are asked to turn into a profitable ship concept through our iterative and innovative concept development process.
The standard bulk carrier series Deltamarin has created together with our customers and partners is an excellent example of how a safe, energy efficient and cost efficient ship concept is created through a holistic approach that takes into account all aspects of ship design. In essence we have introduced new business models to assist our customers in realizing their strategy and improving their business.
We have also introduced i-FS (integrated floating solution) as our answer to the needs of the offshore oil & gas industry. The spark for offering an entire engineering package for an FPSO ignited from the interface problems we saw our customers facing in these complex projects. We took on the challenge to improve the situation. Integration of vessel, topside and subsea design along with the input of other involved parties requires a solid approach to project management.
Our solution is based on a comprehensive 3D product model created at the beginning of the conceptual stage. As much as 80% of the costs of a project are determined during the early design stages of the vessel or floating structure. When interface management throughout the entire design process is handled in a proactive way, the customers save significant amounts of time and money.
The offshore industry has grown into an important business area for Deltamarin during the last decade. Hard work and the ability to learn new skills and adapt the already existing ones into a rather different environment have made our approach in the offshore sector a success.
In our minds safety is an integral part of sustainable designs. Focus on safety issues throughout the design process and the life-cycle of a vessel or floating structure always pays back.
Ship owners and suppliers around the world are concentrating on improving the energy efficiency of the world fleet. We have worked with that same goal in mind with our customers. Again, we believe that energy efficiency should not be considered in isolation; it should be built into the design process and way of thinking.
During the past years, we have seriously considered what combining cost efficiency and sustainability could mean in the future. Remember to share your views on how to combine cost efficiency with sustainability when you next meet with one of our engineers and experts.
Together we can make a difference!
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