Hoppe Marine has automated its FLUME roll damping stabilisation system to enable automatic adjustment of the level of the roll damping tank to the current loading condition of the vessel by communication with the loading computer.
The FLUME roll damping system is a passive free surface open channel box type roll damping tank. It adapts to changes in the vessel’s loading and operating condition. The stabilizers’ natural response period can be adjusted by a liquid level variation to match the corresponding roll period of the ship. The system helps to reduce fuel consumption, boost cargo for additional revenue, improve flexibility in stowage due to higher positioning of heavier containers, reduces risk of cargo damage, and increases crew safety and comfort.
The newly developed automatic mode can also be retroﬁtted to many FLUME systems already in operation without much hardware effort.
Hoppe Marine has installed the system for the ﬁrst time on a CMA CGM 15,000 TEU container ship.