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First SWB Vessel Designed To Fight Pollution Tested Successfully

The vessel, produced by Portuguese company – SWB, Seismic Workboats, Lda – headquartered in Peniche, was designed and developed by engineering teams from Portugal, England, USA and Norway and built at the Estaleiros Navais de Peniche (Peniche Naval Shipyards).

This is the first boat the company has produced to combat pollution derived from hydrocarbon spillage. Just as development of the vessel was being completed, approval was given for a project to develop a pollution response vessel able to operate in dangerous environments, in particular those derived from chemical accidents under P2020 (Portugal 2020, a partnership agreement between Portugal and the European Commission bringing together the expertise of five European Structural and Investment Funds).

In October, the National Maritime Authority in Portimão, Algarve (AMN), carried out an important validation test – designated Atlantic POLEX.PT 2016 – consisting of an exercise to combat hydrocarbon pollution in the marine environment. This exercise allowed testing and validation of the vessel in multiple scenarios to combat pollution at sea.

“It is a unique vessel, equipped with a controllable pitch propeller (WCP) which allows us to achieve high-speed and also very efficiently tow any oil containment barriers,” according to Filipe Duarte, from SWB.

The vessel’s structure is reinforced with carbon fiber specifically targeting rigidity in order to achieve much lower noise and vibration levels than those of its competitors, including those of Norwegian builders. Duarte adds, “I’d like to highlight the craft’s high stability that allows us to perform operations with maximum safety”.

Filipe Duarte, who holds a master’s degree in Naval Architecture and engineering from the Instituto Superior Técnico was involved in the development of this vessel.

Filipe Duarte has also completed several complementary training programs, such as the Entrepreneurship and Business Development course at the University of Macau, the Advanced Study Program at the Institute of Political Studies at Catholic University of Portugal and the Advanced Management course for the Maritime Economics from the AESE Business School.

Filipe Duarte specializes in promoting and boosting R+D+I (Research, Development and Innovation) in the naval sector and was the production manager for a small shipyard and Technical Director of the Association of Marine Industries where he participated in developing studies as well as research, development and innovation projects of both a national and international scope; he was also Director of Jemarport (Group Jemar Invest AS) incorporating duties as head of the Department of Naval Architecture and Engineering of Jemar Norpower and Silver Plast AS.
Source: SWB, Seismic Workboats, Lda

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