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August 18, 2010

Chinese shipbuilder opts for simulation-based design software

China's New Times Shipbuilding Co., Ltd (NTS) has signed a contractual agreement with GL's maritime software developer Friendship Systems. The contract includes the licensing of engineering software and design support for the development of a large crude oil tanker. By introducing the simulation-driven design software the shipyard aims to improve the efficiency of its products, streamlining its design work and increasing its competitiveness.

Friendship-Framework is a CAE software system for the simulation-driven design of optimal functional surfaces such as ship hulls, rudders, propellers and other systems exposed to a flow regime. The development of optimal designs is achieved in a design process is built around integrated simulation. Parametric modeling, variant generation and assessment, as well as hydrodynamic optimization are key design steps which are fed by the simulation results and lead to an optimal design.

Friendship Systems released an upgrade of Friendship-Framework, version 2.1, in late 2009. A new release with further enhanced functionality and user-friendliness is planned for this fall.

New Times Shipbuilding (NTS) is part of New Century Shipbuilding Corporation (NCSC) and based at DanHua Port in Jingjiang City, Jiangsu Province. Extensive shipbuilding facilities include dry docks for 150,000 dwt and 300,000 dwt vessels. The company also operates a marine design and research institute and a technology center. Since 1996, the shipyard has delivered about 100 vessels of all types, mainly bulk carriers, oil tankers and container ships. According to the company, at present 114 vessels, totaling 13.8 million dwt, are on the order book.

Friendship Systems was founded in 2001as a spin-off from the Technical University Berlin. It subsequently evolved into two companies, both of which later became part of the Germanischer Lloyd Group. Friendship Systems offers software solutions. FutureShip offers consultancy services.


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