Mikko Forss, EVP, Design Solutions, NAPA
The maritime industry has walked through a substantial transformation over the years. Today, the ship design field is getting more and more complex, as there is a need to optimize the designs from multiple aspects and at the same time thrive for efficiency in the design process. This significantly challenges ship designers and builders to achieve the best designs while catering to the fundamental requirements of safety, reliability and efficiency for the ships, and taking into account environmental factors and various regulations. Hence, they constantly seek to leverage the best technologies from the early pre-contract feasibility studies to the post-contract engineering work to meet the industry expectations and stay ahead of the competition. Especially within the naval segment, the mission capability requirements are vital to be taken into account, and the earlier the designers respond and optimize the designs in the vessel lifecycle, the better is the design quality and efficiency.
Set in this backdrop, steps in a globally-recognized company, NAPA, maintaining thirty years of legacy, with industry-leading ship design and operation solutions. Combining naval architecture and digital expertise, their solutions enhance the ship designers’ and shipyards’ efficacy in the competitive market. NAPA’s design tools are fit for all types of surface vessels and also submarines, along with multiple applications, like time domain flood simulation, complex damage and intact stability analysis, ship performance analysis, structural design, and many more. NAPA enables an effortless cost-efficient way to check the design against the naval survivability requirements as well as ways to improve the design for better performance in the naval missions. Clients can aptly deploy their comprehensive suite of solutions throughout the vessel management lifecycle, winning more ship-building orders. “We have been providing our intelligent data-led solutions for years to achieve safety, efficiency, and productivity in ship design and operations, helping maritime businesses make better decisions,” says Mikko Forss, Executive Vice President, Design Solutions at NAPA.
NAPA offers a complete package of 3D based ship design solutions that can be utilized from the very early stages of the design process for multiple disciplines. It provides a single source of design information that ensures that the data is up-to-date, thereby guaranteeing reliable analysis. Besides, the solution aids in design optimization, enabling more design iterations in terms of optimal weight, optimal stability, performance, and improved quality, bringing overall transparency into the design process and catering to the mission capabilities. The digital platform also enables real-time information sharing through 3D models, replacing traditional engineering inefficiencies, which helps the clients manage information effectively and garner a competitive pitch in the market.
There’s even more to the long array of NAPA’s prolific solutions. NAPA presents extensive solutions for intelligent, safe, and efficient ship operations to increase performance, fuel-efficiency, and eco-efficiency for monitoring and optimizing the voyages. For ship stability and safety, the company offers their NAPA Loading Computer, which ensures safe loading through optimal planning of stowage, cargo and ballast for every ship. Clients can also perform vulnerability monitoring and survivability assessment of the intact ship with NAPA Emergency Computer.
NAPA’s active participation in maritime regulatory work has given them a thorough understanding of the industry’s requirements. This together with the close collaboration and long relationship with their customers has given them an edge in designing and offering products that meet the industry standards.
For efficacious client onboarding, NAPA avails rapid implementation concept. NAPA goes beyond just providing training services for operating the software, but offers consultancy to clients on how to improve the overall process and achieve the intended benefits and cost savings.
NAPA’s customer service and key account managers intricately involve in the whole customer journey to ensure ultimate customer satisfaction. Their client engagement begins with the NAPA team identifying the customer’s needs in the design process and consulting with them during the very initial steps to assure the best fit in their design processes. This allows them to leverage the benefits of the software. After this, the customers start with the licenses for NAPA’s naval architecture or structural design solutions, which they start implementing with NAPA’s assistance. Owing to the industry leading customer service of NAPA that helps in installations, training and first steps of real use, the customers can experience the benefits of the software in improved design quality, reduced design lead time and increased efficiency within a short period of time. Followed by the successful process implementation and completion of the first projects, NAPA extends its solutions to the other departments, offices or shipyards.
NAPA has built a global ecosystem where its solutions are being leveraged by several marine industry stakeholders, from small engineering offices to large shipyards, classification societies, and R&D institutes. “Today we have 700 plus customers either designing or using our solutions on more than 3000 vessels onboard,” says Mikko.
Envisioning further proficiency, NAPA is focusing on distributed engineering for executing the work from multiple geographical locations and unlocking further benefits of the 3D model by extending the accessibility to new stakeholder groups through web-based UI. “We are looking forward to not just producing products but expanding the solution by including services like web-based applications to the package,” adds Mikko. Furthermore, they are working on their capabilities to provide products that help the ship operators and designers in decision making to reduce CO2 emissions, catering to the environmental needs. With NAPA mastering its tech-driven approach to design further efficient, intelligent, and safer solutions, the future of maritime industry seems to be brimming with endless possibilities.