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Making big waves in China to test ship design

By [email protected] - 19th October 2017 - 12:32

HR Wallingford has been awarded a £12m contract to supply a deep water Wave Generation System to equip a Seakeeping and Manoeuvring Basin which is being created by the Shanghai Ship and Shipping Research Institute (SSSRI) on an island off the east coast of China to test ship design. SSSRI, which is owned by COSCO, China’s state-owned shipping company conducts research and development into ship design, and the new basin will be used to test innovative vessel design, in order to improve the efficiency and stability of different kinds of ships. SSSRI is building an entirely new state-of-the-art complex on Changxing Island off Shanghai where, in addition to the basin which HR Wallingford is helping to equip, the facility will house a Towing Tank and a Cavitation Tunnel (used to test the performance of propellers). The investment in this new facility marks a significant upgrade of SSSRI’s capabilities.