Since 1998 the KNVTS, Royal Dutch Association of Maritime Technicians, organises the "KNVTS Ship of the Year competition".
The assesment is based on the next criteria: Design, Economy, Sustainability and Enviroment, Safety and Building/Construction process. When the companies of the nominated ships give an presentation about the ship, an extra criterion is added. This year there were a lot of registrations (12). From these, the following 3 ships are nominated for the award. The list is in random order.
The Spartacus is the largest and most powerful Self-propelled cutter suction dredger and the first cutter suction dredger to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG). The ship was designed for the DEME Group. Royal IHC has pushed its boundaries in every way to develop this vessel. The Spartacus is 1.5 times as large and powerful as the previous generation of mega cutter suction dredgers, such as D'Artagnan, Athena and Helios. Thanks to the enormous cutter power (12 MW) and the heavy cutter ladder (2,550 tons), the Spartacus can dredge harder types of soil than was previously possible, efficiently, in the dredging industry. A flywheel in the electric cutter drive protects against the peak loads resulting from the excavation of hard soils. The 72-meter long spud piles make it possible to dredge up to 45 meters deep and a flexible pile carriage system makes it possible to work in rough seas.
Motor yacht VIVA was built for a western foreign account with the brief to design a comfortable ship with free views from the accommodation and moreover environmentally friendly and Tier III compliant.Design, engineering and built is entirely done in the Netherlands by Feadship Royal van Lent in close corporation with Azure Yacht Design, resulting in a combination of innovations through-out the yacht.Engineering was done in 3-D to get a better insight in the integration and complexity of the techniques applied in several disciplines and the great number of suppliers. All needs to go seamless hand in hand at the end of the day without being seen.At the time of ordering Tier III was not available on main propulsion engines, this made Feadship develop a smart hybrid propulsion making it possible to sail Tier III and on top added more operational options.The generators are equipped with SCR, Selective Catalytic Reduction, exhaust treatment using Urea injection and complies with IMO Marpol Annex VI Tier III.
RSV Nuyina is the Australia’s new Antarctic icebreaker, supply and research vessel design by Damen Naval. RSV Nuyina is designed as a state-of-the-art science platform adaptable to any future demand by its flexibility and modularity. As the RSV Nuyina will operate in a diverse environment from warm water to frozen seas the hull design as it needed to be a heavy ice breaker and transit fuel-efficient with good seakeeping capabilities. The bow is designed for bending and breaking the ice layers ahead rather than crushing. The bottom is designed with a slightly raised floor, so the broken and submerged pieces of ice sliding aside rather than travelling the hull length. The stern shape is dominated by the twin propeller and rudder arrangement. From a seakeeping point of view the vessel has been optimized within the design constraints of an icebreaker hull and proven to behave quite well in heavy seas during sea trials.