Press relase: The system for reducing risks in ice operations provided by Aker Arctic and Light Structures

An intelligent ice load monitoring system for the ships operating in ice covered waters will provide the operators a tool to handle the ships in safe but efficient ways.

The state of the art system will monitor the hull loads with optical sensors installed on the steel structures of the vessel. With the information received from the sensors and combined with the ship’s structural capability, the system is able to show operators the loading and risk level imposed by ice impacts. The system will also be able to make a probability forecast of the expected loads. Thus, the new system will be able to provide vessel operators a substantially improved tool to operate the ships in safe but efficient ways.    
An improved tool will be jointly developed in cooperation of Aker Arctic Technology Inc and Light Structures AS. Both companies have a strong background in their respective areas, Aker Arctic is the leader in the icebreaking ship design and Light Structures is leading provider for the optical hull monitoring systems.

  “This systems and service will help operators in many ways, it provides more safe operations, improves the understanding of the ice loads and therefore the practical training will be improved. We can provide our extensive technical know-how to help ship owners in their operations and avoid unnecessary cost arising from the hull damages,” says Managing Director Reko-Antti Suojanen from Aker Arctic.

“Ice loads exceeding the design load is a major risk and may cause permanent damage to the hull and challenge the crew’s safety. The “Ice Load Monitoring” system monitors the actual load on the hull in real-time and displays the utilization factor of the hull structure – which will be of immense importance for both unexperienced as well as experienced navigators, in addition to the important input for maintenance planning and surveys” says Inge C. Paulsen, CEO of Light Structures AS.

More information:
Aker Arctic Technology Inc Light Structures AS
Reko-Antti Suojanen, Managing Director Inge C. Paulsen, CEO
Antero Jäppinen, ILMS system product manager E:
Tel: +358 10 323 6300 Tel: +47 2389 7133

Aker Arctic Technology Inc is an independent arctic R&D, engineering, design and consulting company. The company has been engaged in ice research with its own ice model basin for decades and been involved in numerous projects wherever freezing waters are found. The most advanced and innovative ship designs, such as the double-acting and oblique ship concepts, originate from Aker Arctic.

Light Structures AS, Fiber Optic Stress Monitoring Systems for Shipping, Offshore and Navy/Coast Guard.
Light Structures is the world’s leading supplier of fiber optic condition monitoring systems based on Fiber Bragg Grating technology (FBG). Fiber optic systems offer excellent reliability and unique data quality compared to conventional technology. Our patented SENSFIB product range includes Hull Stress Monitoring, Ice Load Monitoring, Sloshing Monitoring, FPSO Monitoring with our comprehensive HullInfo software.  In addition to operational data, our systems provide data for Active Fatigue Management reports. The core SENSFIB system can give the crew and operator/manager real time information about the hull/containment system/structure.

Light Structures places Top 10 on Deloittes Fastest Growing Technology Companies in Norway

Light Structures has placed number 10 on the list of Deloittes fastest growing technology companies in Norway.

For consideration in the Deloitte Technology Fast50 in Norway, a company must meet the following criteria:

1. Must be a technology company defined as one that:
Develops or owns proprietary technology that contributes to a significant portion of the company's operating revenues; or Manufactures a technology-related product; or Devotes a high percentage of effort to research and development of technology
2. Have base-year operating revenues of at least €50,000 and a current year operating revenues of at least €800,000
3. Be in business a minimum of 5 years
4. Be headquartered within Norway.
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New employees at Light Structures

Light Structures is happy to announce that we have added two more team members.

Sam Amiri is a new Vice President, Sales. Sam has 10 years of experience from the offshore industry, specifically in the subsea market. Prior to joining Light Structures, he has held various positions as Senior Sales Manager. Prior to moving back to Norway, Sam was based in London and Aberdeen working for monitoring supplying companies such as Roxar Flow Measurement Ltd and Expro Meters Ltd. His latest role at Aker Solutions was as a Tender Manager for subsea projects. He holds a Master of Science in Electronics Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology and a MBA in International Business from Gothenburg University, both in Sweden.

To strengthen our Engineering Team we have hired Halvard Henriksen as a new engineer and project manager. Halvard has 10 years of experience from the offshore industry. Prior to joining Light Structures Halvard was employed with Dresser-Rand, delivering control systems for gas turbines, where he held positions as Project Lead and Project Technical Responsible. Prior to this Halvard worked at Fugro Seastar, a supplier of high performance positioning services worldwide, where his experience includes installation, service, support and development. Halvard is an experienced engineer we think will be an asset to our team.