A proposed methodology for feasibility studies applicable for ship designers involved in the aquaculture industry is described in the project memo “P3 – Vessels – structures interaction; Feasibility study – elements and methodology.”

Based on a set of critical feasibility elements, its purpose is to provide an efficient and effective way to assess and compare a given number of alternative designs during the conceptual phase of vessel development. The main value of such studies lies, not only in the possibility of assessing a vessel’s performance per se, but also how it will perform in a real operational system.

Chapter 3 on State of the Art shows how feasibility studies can be regarded as an integrated – and make important contributions – within the phase of concept development of vessel design. Chapter 4 outlines the proposed methodology in detail (see figure 1), also suggesting a set of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) necessary for the quantitative assessment and evaluation of alternative vessel designs.

With reference to figure 1, the main steps of the methodology are introduced below:

  • The problem definition: description of the functional requirements for the vessel solution and its operational context.
  • The creative process: develop alternative vessel and operational concepts.
  • The analytical process: quantitative and qualitative evaluation of different concepts promoted throughout the process.

The applicability and industry relevance of the methodology will be tested in first half of 2018, supported by an iterative improvement process, involving representatives from the P3 working group, industry partners and steering committee.