Light Structures, a supplier of fibre optic condition monitoring systems based on fibre bragg grating technology (FBG), has won a contract to provide a hull stress monitoring system for two new hybrid, double-ended ropaxes under construction at Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI) for P&O Ferries.
Delivery, installation, and commissioning of the systems is expected to be completed this year.
At 230 m in length with 3,600 lane meters and a pax capacity of 1,500, the ferries will become the largest double ended ropaxes yet built and the largest vessels to operate on the Dover/Calais route when they enter into service in 2023.
They will also feature innovations that contribute to cutting fuel consumption by 40%, including advanced power management and heat recovery systems.
Further design advances focus on passenger comfort and satisfaction with the inclusion of dedicated viewing platforms to provide panoramic sea views and a new hull shape designed for safe, efficient, and comfortable passage in the English Channel, and to accommodate the effective use of azimuth thrusters that improve vessel manoeuvrability.
Light Structures’ SENSFIBTM Global+ system will be used to monitor stress loading on the new hull, providing precision data in real-time, which will also contribute to optimising maintenance windows based on real-world fatigue. The data collected by the sensors will also be used to validate integrity of the hull design over a sustained period, enabling improvements for future iterations.
“As part of our intensive lifecycle maintenance regime, the data unlocked by the SENSFIB system will help us to improve asset availability and reduce operational overheads, while maximising the lifetime of our new vessels,” said a P&O Ferries spokesperson.
“SENSFIB Global+ is the ideal solution to deliver precise data on very large ships including P&O’s new super-ferries,” added Goetz Vogelmann, General Manager & Sales Director, Light
Structures. “We’re delighted to have been selected for this project and confident that we can provide the data that P&O needs to help maximise their investment in these next gen ships.”