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Thursday, December 30, 2021 

C-Job Naval Architects has developed the Maritime Intelligence Tool (MIT) to help ship-owners decide on the best vessel design for their needs.

The company describes MIT as an interactive big data toolbox. MIT organises data into data fields; showing detailed information on service speed, draught, length, engine capacity and so on. This allows comparison of new-build design variations in the database.

Thijs Muller, head R&D said: “It is a database comprising data from 170,000 ships. But it is growing every day. In the end, it will grow to contain data from 220,000 ships.”

C-Job acknowledges that using a great number of different data fields for one ship is overcomplicating the process, so it has tackled this issue head-on by fine-tuning the data selection.

Muller added: “Each ship type has its own KPIs – so we focus on those. This could be cargo volume or crane capacity; whatever you are interested in. This way, we use only the most relevant data fields; leaving the irrelevant data out for this particular vessel type. We provide these data to shipowners in a market intelligence report. This plots all the possible design options open to them, including their competitors’ vessels. This report contains information of up to 1,200 hyper-relevant ships.”

This is the point of the Maritime Intelligence Tool: it enables owners to make more informed decisions as well as identify potential opportunities and recognise gaps in the market.

Because ship design is often a trade-off between objectives (length vs. breadth, speed vs. fuel consumption etc.), C-Job has included an in-house developed optimisation algorithm into the MIT. This algorithm – called the Reference Finder – finds the best combination of parameters to create the optimum and most effective designs.

Even though the data contained in the MIT is for the most part publicly available, what makes it more valuable is how it handles this vast amount of information. “The strength of our platform is that, within a few mouse clicks, you can compare vessels – multiple vessels – simultaneously. On top of that, we display the data in charts that are easy to understand. This is very useful for the client,” said Muller.

MIT can help answer the most pertinent questions on the minds of C-Job’s clients, according to Muller. “Questions like: I need to be able to carry so much cargo – what length of ship do I need? Or how does this design compare to my competitor’s design? The Maritime Intelligence Tool gives rapid insight into all these questions to find a solution.”

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