Cruise & Ferry Review - Autumn/Winter 2023

38 MARKETWATCH Mivan’s 2D to 3D digital transformation journey was a strategic decision aimed at unleashing the full potential of our design capabilities and utilising innovative technology to streamline our manufacturing processes. The transition from 2D to 3D has had a profound impact on Mivan’s operational efficiency. The production process has been streamlined, reducing it from five stages to just four and increased factory capacity for production by 25 per cent. This optimisation has led to notable time savings, with assembly and painting times reduced by approximately 20 per cent. There is a 90 per cent reduction in rework due to clash detection and improved visualisation. These efficiency gains not only enhance Mivan’s workflow but also contribute to our sustainability goals. By optimising material use and decreasing rework, we can significantly reduce our carbon footprint. The improved efficiency in the production and design phases means that our team are empowered to enjoy the design phase and achieve better results. Our customers can interpret our 3D designs effortlessly, making it easier for them to visualise project deliverables clearly. This improved visualisation enhances collaboration during the project planning phase and enables proactive problem-solving with subcontractors, ensuring a seamless and satisfactory customer experience. Shorlagh McConville is business development manager at Mivan Increasing operational efficiency with 3D design Viewpoint: Shorlagh McConville Photo: EMCS Industries Photo: Mivan EMCS Industries launches marine growth protection solution The MARELCO Wave is EMCS Industries’ sustainable solution that reduces marine growth in ships’ internal seawater systems and niche areas while protecting the environment and reducing energy consumption. It combines two powerful technologies: a low-frequency acoustic emitter developed by EMCS in 1981 and its MGPS anode tank (Liberator) developed in 2018 as a compact tank with engine room accessibility for anode replacement. The emitters provide a low-frequency pulse through the vessel’s internal seawater system and niche areas, creating an inhospitable environment for hard biofouling organisms. These pulses discourage the attachment and settlement of marine fouling organisms without causing them harm or disrupting their food sources. The anode tank acts as the second part of the dual treatment, providing intermittent dosing of copper ions as required to combat existing or excessive hard fouling and grasses. This reduces the amount of copper entering the oceans, which is far below the average mineral concentration that exists naturally from the earth and rivers. To bring this solution to market and ensure its continued commitment to sustainability and the oceans, EMCS commissioned an independent scientific study to establish the underwater noise levels emitted by the MARELCO Wave. The results revealed that this system is highly unlikely to contribute to shipping noise pollution even at the highest measured levels. During sea trials, the research team found that the hydrophone only detected sound within one metre of the source, with engines turned off and no ambient noise, further underscoring the system’s minimal impact on the whale population.