Motion control systems

We have developed a vertical motion heave damping system, which consists of two fully-automatic sub-modes: Ride Control System (RCS) and Boarding Control System (BCS ™). Unique benefits offered by this system, combined with SES and air-cushion vessel design result in excellent seakeeping, passenger comfort, substantially reduced seasickness and improved safety.

Early SES designs experienced problems with the “cobblestone” effect which produced high vertical accelerations in low sea states at high speed. The “cobblestone” phenomenon is a resonance effect due to the compressibility of air in the air cushion. Activation of RCS substantially reduces “cobblestone” effect, offering a much smoother transit for passengers, with documented reduction in seasickness. This in turn, results in more efficient operations of service technicians at offshore installations.

Once a vessel approaches a wind turbine, another vessel or offshore installation, BCSTM is engaged. As a result, air cushion pressure is actively controlled to counteract wave forces. The air flow in and out of the air cushion is controlled by ventilation valves. When buoyancy of the hulls is increased, the air is ventilated from the cushion and thus the air pressure is reduced. When buoyancy of the hulls is decreased in a wave through air pressure is increased to compensate for lost buoyancy assuring a safe and simple ‘step-off’ to an offshore structure.

The two modes are easily switched between on the operator interface touchscreen according to required operating mode, either Transit or Boarding.