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ICE Instrumental in Windfarm Patent Application

For more than a year, ICE has assisted a Norwegian client with technical and commercial development of the DeltaLifter, an innovative single-lift vessel designed for safe and cost-effective removal of decommissioned offshore jackets. In the process of this work, it…

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New Recruitment Drive at ICEPRONAV Engineering

In response to increasing demand for its services, ICE has throughout 2018 been increasing the number of employees in Galati, Romania. With upcoming contracts with existing and new customers, ICE needs additional experienced naval architects and engineers and has strengthened…

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NAPA Damage Stability Training

Dragos Totolici, ICE Principal Engineer has recently participated at a NAPA Damage Stability Calculations Training held in Helsinki, Finland. The NAPA software is one of the many software packages in ICE’s inventory and is a key tool in efficiently developing…

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ICE Attending UAE Trade Show

ICE will for the fifth time be present at the upcoming Seatrade Maritime Middle East (SMME) trade show in Dubai – a leading regional event for the maritime industry. ICE will this year share a stand with Aitken Marine International,…

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Float-out of Australian Icebreaker ‘Nuyina’

Dutch shipbuilding group Damen recently performed the successful float-out of the Antarctic Supply Research Vessel (ASRV) RSV Nuyina, currently under construction at Damen Shipyards Galati in Romania. The RSV Nuyina will be a state-of-the-art ship that will offer scientists unprecedented…

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ICE Chairman Moderator at Gastech 2018

Steinar Draegebo, ICE Chairman and Chief Executive, recently moderated a session dedicated to small-scale gas ships at Gastech 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. The annual Gastech event is the world’s leading meeting place for professionals in the international gas industry; it…

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Hydrodynamics Update

Two of ICE’s hydrodynamics specialists – Gelu Alexandru and Ana Chirosca (pictured) – last month participated in an advanced training session in Sweden arranged by Shipflow International AB. The eponymous Shipflow software, developed in conjunction with Chalmers University of Technology…

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Keel-Laying Ceremony with Distinguished Guests

The MV Werften Shipyard in Stralsund recently laid the keel on the Crystal Endeavor in the presence of German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel, Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig, Genting Hong Kong’s Executive Chairman and CEO Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, Crystal…

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Student Internship at ICE

ICEPRONAV Engineering recently hosted its traditional summer program for students from the Faculty of Naval Architecture at the Dunarea de Jos University in Galati, Romania. The 18 participants (pictured here with their ICE instructors) had the opportunity to learn practical…

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Celebrating ICE Group’s Success

For several years, ICE focussed much of its design activities on the growing offshore oil & gas industry, providing designs for drill ships, offshore service vessels and floating production, storing and offloading (FPSO) vessels. When the oil price in 2014…

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ICE Summer Holiday Schedule

We remind our clients and other business associates of ICE Group’s vacation from 23rd of July until 10th of August. Critical projects with sensitive schedules will as always be staffed during the holiday period, so a large percentage of ICE…

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Posidonia 2018 a Success

Last month, ICE exhibited at the biennial Posidonia trade show in Athens. With more than 2,000 exhibiting companies and 23,000 visitors this is one of the main maritime trade shows attended by ship owners and marine industry companies from around…

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ICE at NAPA User Meeting 2018

ICE recently participated at the NAPA User Meeting 2018 held in Helsinki, Finland. The NAPA software is a key tool in efficiently developing early concept designs and helps ICE’s designers to quickly develop conceptual hull designs to meet clients’ requirements….

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ICE Passed ISO 9001: 2015 Audit with Flying Colours

DNV-GL Business Assurance recently performed an ISO 9001:2015 certification audit on ICE. The certification audit was the last step in ICE’s upgrade of the company’s Quality Management Systems (QMS) from the ISO 9001:2008 certification to the 2015 revised standard. ICE…

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ICE at Posidonia in Athens, June 4-8

At this year’s Posidonia exhibition, in addition to showing its latest ship designs ICE will highlight its design services for retrofit of ballast water treatment (BWT) and scrubber systems. This is the third major international trade show for ICE so…

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Innovative Platform Decommissioning Technology

ICE continues its R&D contract with a Norwegian client to validate and further develop the innovative DeltaLifter, a single-lift vessel designed for safe and economical removal of decommissioned offshore platform substructures (“jackets”). Recently, ICE commissioned a model test at the…

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Revival of the FPSO Market

Having been involved in more than 40 FPSO projects (new construction, conversions and various studies) the last ten years, ICE is pleased to note an increased activity in that industry segment. After several quiet years, ICE is again receiving inquiries…

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Ship Retrofit Cooperation

To further expand its design services for retrofit of ballast water treatment (BWT) and exhaust gas cleaning (EGC) systems, ICE has entered into a non-exclusive cooperation agreement with Aitken Marine International (AMI), a Dubai-based project management company. ICE will provide…

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Meet ICE at Sea Japan 2018

The ICE Group will for the third time be exhibiting at the biennial SeaJapan trade show in Tokyo. The exhibition will take place April 11 – 13 at the Tokyo Big Sight Exhibition Centre. Japan’s shipbuilding industry has a well-earned…

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Retrofit Laser Scanning

New regulations for ballast water and sulphuric content in exhaust gases from ships has created an increasing demand for installation of systems for ballast water treatment (“BWT”) and exhaust gas cleaning (“scrubbers”). Using its extensive ship design experience, ICE offer…

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Braemar Executives Visiting ICE

Recently, ICE was visited by senior representatives of Braemar Technical Services, exploring areas of common interest. The Braemar group is a leading international provider of knowledge and skill-based services to the shipping, marine, energy, offshore and insurance industries. It employs…

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ICE Attending ‘The Floating Future’ Seminar

In March, ICE’s representatives Coen Landa, Business Development Director and Gheorghe Iorga, Senior Engineer, attended a seminar in Wageningen, the Netherlands focused on Food, Energy, Logistics & Living on Floating Mega Islands. The event ended with a visit to the…

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Shallow-draft 20,000 cum LNG Carrier

Working closely with a major operator of gas ships, ICE has developed a “milk run” LNG distribution tanker with a cargo capacity of 20,000 cum. The gas is contained in two type C semi-pressurised and fully refrigerated bi-lobe cargo tanks….

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ICE Hosting Industry Meeting

ICEPRONAV Engineering hosted last month the quarterly meeting of the Romanian Shipbuilders Association (ANCONAV). Dragos Totolici, ICE Principal Engineer briefed the meeting on ICE’s participation in 3-year EU Research & Innovation Programme aiming to develop cost-effective floating islands to be…

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RINA New ICE Tenant

In 2010, ICE established a separate property management company to develop the Group’s properties and attract additional tenants to its Galati facilities, which formerly accommodated more than one thousand technical, scientific and support staff. Last month ICE welcomed as a…

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Chairman’s New Year’s Message

In recent years, ICE’s main activity has been focussed on the offshore energy industry, with design of drill ships, a well intervention vessel, jack-up wind turbine installation vessels and more than 40 FSO/FPSO projects. However, the oil price collapse in…

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ICE in China

In December 2017, ICE again participated in the MARINTEC China trade show in Shanghai, as part of the British pavilion. At the encouragement of the UK Government’s Department of International Trade, ICE had entered into an arrangement with SMC Design…

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New Director of Administration

On January 1, 2018, Mariana Popa (pictured) will take over the position as Director of Administration of ICEPRONAV Engineering SRL, reporting directly to Robert Swan, the Sole Administrator of ICEPRONAV Engineering and President and Chief Operating Officer of the ICE…

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RINA Paper Presentation

At a conference on “Design, Construction & Operation of LNG/LPG Ships” arranged in Glasgow, Scotland in November 2017 by the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA), Marcel Negraia from Icepronav Engineering SRL presented a paper on “The Practical Impact of…

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Meet ICE at Marintec China 2017

ICE will again be exhibiting as part of the UK Pavilion at the Marintec trade show. The exhibition will take place from December 5 to 8 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre. This year, ICE will draw attention to…

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New Product Tanker Project

Constanta Shipyard (SNC) – a leading Romanian shipyard – has awarded ICE an important contract for design services for a 41,000 dwt Product/Chemical Tanker of IMO Type 2. Scope of work includes development of an AVEVA Marine 3-D model for…

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Renewed Achilles JQS Qualification

ICEPRONAV Engineering SRL, as part of ICE Group, has recently completed the Achilles JQS (Joint Qualification System) renewal assessment. The qualification is now renewed until September 2018. Since 2008, ICE has been registered by Achilles, an industry-supported prequalification system serving…

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ICE Presenting Technical Conference Papers

Recently, ICE participated at the ZASTR 2017, an international conference held in Constanta, Romania. At the Conference, Dr Lucian Anghel, Senior Engineer (pictured here, right), presented a paper describing the challenges facing naval architects and structural engineers in meeting the…

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ICE back in Cruise Vessel Design

MV Werften, a Group consisting of several well-established German shipyards, has awarded ICE an 18-month long contract for detail design of a series of luxury expedition cruise vessels. Named the “Endeavor” class, these vessels will be built at MV Werften’s…

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ICE enters the Offshore Oil & Gas Decommissioning Market

DeltaLifter Technologies AS (“DLT”) of Norway has entrusted ICE with business development, project management and further design of patented vessels for cost-effective removal of the substructures of redundant offshore steel oil & gas production platform substructures (so-called jackets). The DeltaLifter…

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ICE in 3-year EU Research Programme

ICE has accepted an invitation from MARIN (Maritime Research Institute) in the Netherlands to be a partner in a European funded project Space@Sea funded by EU’s Horizon 2020 research programme. The 3-year project is scheduled to start in November 2017….

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Dual-fuel Technology Update

Mihai Samoila, Principal Engineer – Machinery & Piping recently participated in the WinGD X-DF Engine Demonstration organised by Winterthur Gas & Diesel at the Wärtsilä testing facility in Trieste, Italy. The event consisted of a presentation of the X-DF Technology…

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Student Internship at ICE

ICEPRONAV Engineering recently hosted its traditional summer programme for students from the Faculty of Naval Architecture at the Dunarea de Jos University in Galati, Romania. The 17 participants had the opportunity to learn practical aspects of their future profession by…

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Safe Driving makes a Good First Impression

ICE’s main engineering office in Galati is located a 3-hour drive from the nearest international airport in Bucharest, the capital of Romania. Safe and efficient transportation to and from the airport is an important part of our image so we…

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No ICE Holiday Shut-down

With the ramp-up of new contracts over the next two months, ICE has decided not to have its traditional three-week summer close-down this year. Sorin Brazdis, Director of Operations at Icepronav Engineering commented: “The last months most of our employees…

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Ballast Water Treatment (BWT) Engineering

Florin Flor, Principal Engineer – Machinery & Piping at Icepronav Engineering recently attended the Alfa Laval “PureBallast” training course in Sweden. This reflects ICE’s commitment to have full understanding of BWT equipment, tools and operations offered by the leading BWT…

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Derek Doig Retiring

Derek Doig (pictured below), Managing Director of ICE’s UK subsidiary has decided to retire after 11 years with ICE. Prior to joining ICE, Derek worked for BAE Systems, primarily on the Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier programme. He became part of…

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ICE at NAPA User Meeting 2017

ICE recently participated at the NAPA User Meeting 2017 held in Helsinki, Finland. The NAPA software is one of the many software packages in ICE’s inventory and is a key tool in efficiently developing early concept designs. The participation was…

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ICE at Nor-Shipping

ICE will again be exhibiting at Nor-Shipping, the leading maritime event of the year, in Lillestrom (Oslo), Norway 30 May- 2 June 2017. As Europe’s largest independent ship designer, we will showcase our designs for the commercial shipping, defence and…

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ICE at Cadmatic Seminar

The main 3-D ship design software used by ICE is AVEVA Marine – with 250 licenses ICE is a leading user of that software and was earlier a long-time Tribon user. However, ICE is occasionally asked by clients to use…

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New ICE Corporate Brochure

ICE has prepared an updated general brochure, which shows the new logo that was introduced last year and also highlights the Group’s 50-year history. Commenting on the new brochure, Coen Landa, ICE’s Business Development Director said: “We needed a new…

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ICE Launches Scholarship Program

In 2017, a scholarship program has been set up by ICE for students from the Faculty of Naval Architecture, Galati University. The program provides students with the opportunity to follow professional technical training and career development programs offered by ICE,…

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Retrofit Design Workshop

ICE has successfully performed many ship conversion designs, including for commercial vessels, warships, offshore oil & gas platforms and FPSOs. Its reference list also includes retrofit design for installation of ballast water treatment (BWT) and scrubber systems on different types…

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Eero Mäkinen to advise ICE

ICE is pleased that Eero Makinen, formerly Senior Vice President of STX Finland, has entered into a part-time consultancy agreement with ICE. Eero has 45 years of experience in the international shipbuilding industry, with focus on passenger ferries, cruise vessels…

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ICE-designed Vessel Selected for Life Extension

The Government of Romania has recently approved a €10M budget for propulsion system modernization (etc.) of the Perseus – its biggest icebreaker. Her permanent station is on the Danube river, a couple of hundred metres from ICE’s office where she…

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ICE Successfully Approved by SBM Offshore

Last month a quality assurance team from SBM Offshore in the Netherlands, one of the world’s leading offshore engineering and FPSO operating companies, conducted an ISO 9001:2015 audit to qualify ICE for future engineering contracts. ICE has in the past…

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Integrated Advanced Ship Design

EMSHIP is an advanced Master’s program leading to a combined degree in Offshore Structures and Marine Engineering & Ship Design. It involves universities from Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Romania. Each year, as part of being an EMSHIP Strategic…

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ICE Hosting Industry Meeting

ICEPRONAV Engineering hosted last month the quarterly meeting of the Romanian Shipbuilders Association (ANCONAV). Icepronav is one of the founding members of this organisation, which represents the Romanian shipbuilding industry as well as producers of ship’s equipment and accessories. Sorin…

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Chairman’s New Year’s Message

2016 was a bad year for the shipbuilding industry. Many shipyards lost money and few new ships were ordered. World-wide, the compensated gross tonnage (CGT) was only about half of what was ordered at the depth of the 2008 financial…

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ICE Director Appointments

To meet new challenges and widen ICE’s scope of services, the following organisation changes are in effect in Icepronav Engineering SRL in Galati, Romania: Sorin Brazdis is appointed Director of Operations, with responsibility for all projects and other technical activities….

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ICE Sponsoring Galati University Students

ICE has a long tradition in cooperating with the Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture Faculties of the “Dunarea de Jos” University of Galati, Romania, from where many of the Group’s Romanian employees received their academic degrees. In its role as…

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ICE in the US

On an assignment to perform basic design work for a large US defence contractor, three ICE engineers took the opportunity to have their picture taking in front of the ‘Star of India’. This vessel – now home-ported in San Diego,…

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ICE extending bonds with Japan

The ICE Group has a long-standing relationship with Japanese shipyards, starting in 1982 when the 280 m long towing tank at ICEPRONAV in Galati, Romania was established in cooperation with Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding (“MES”). In more recent years, ICE…

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Quality Design for Norwegian Waters

Award of a substantial amount of additional design and engineering work for a floating storage and offloading (FSO) vessel for a major Norwegian Continental Shelf project, plus other work for Norwegian clients, make Norway ICE’s largest market in 2016 in…

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AVEVA Multi-location Design Training

ICE has in recent contracts successfully coordinated its ship design effort in Romania with design teams in shipyards and engineering offices elsewhere in the world, with the help of AVEVA Global software. Last month, a number of ICE employees participate…

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ISO 9001:2008 Re-certification

DNV-GL Business Assurance recently performed an audit for renewal of ICE’s quality management system certification. The audit focus was to: • Determine the system readiness to align with requirements of the 2015 revision of ISO 9001 standard. • Evaluate de…

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50 Years of Ship Design Excellence

In July 1966 the “Institutul de Cercetare Stiintifica si Inginerie Technologica pentru Constructii Navale” – later to become SC ICEPRONAV SA – was founded. Two years later the foundation was laid for the Institute’s design office in Galati, overlooking the…

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FSO Conversion Project

ICE senior managers last month visited Baltic shipyards, including in Gdansk, Poland, where the ICE-designed conversion of a shuttle tanker into a sophisticated FSO is under way. ICE is pleased to recently have been entrusted with providing additional technical services…

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Student Internship at ICE

This month, ICE again arranged its traditional summer program for students from the Faculty of Naval Architecture” of the “Dunarea de Jos” University of Galati. Dragos Totolici, Principal Engineer of ICE’s Initial Design Department and tutor of this year’s program…

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ICE in Japan

Being able to meet rigorous demands to quality, schedule adherence and cost-effectiveness, ICE has so far successfully provided ship design services to five different Japanese shipyards. In April this year senior ICE executives visited existing and potential clients in Japan…

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ICE Kids – Future Naval Architects

ICE’s traditional annual Children’s Day was celebrated recently. Highlights included activities and games for kids (making ships out of modelling clay, vessel pastel drawing, sand painting, etc.) and various entertainment.

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“Sea Japan” a Success for ICE

ICE participated recently at the “Sea Japan” trade show in Tokyo, a major event in the Japanese maritime industry calendar. The ICE stand highlighted its design expertise and also showed ICE’s experience with successfully providing design services “remotely” to clients…

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AVEVA Workshops

Over the last months, a number of ICE employees have participated in a series of AVEVA demonstrations & workshops focused on using AVEVA Engineering as an integration tool. The events included technical presentations and workshops focussing on how AVEVA’s Integrated…

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New ICE Group Website and Logo

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new logo & website! The new website offers simplified navigation and functionality for both mobile phone and tablet users. The contents include examples of ships and offshore platforms designed by ICE…

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Meet ICE at SeaJapan

The ICE Group will be exhibiting for the second time at the SeaJapan trade show in Tokyo. The exhibition will take place April 13 – 15 at the Tokyo BIG SIGHT Exhibition Centre. Over the last several years ICE has…

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Promoting Integrated Ship Design

ICE recently participated in the 6th meeting of the Strategic Advisory Board (SAB) of EMSHIP (European Master’s Course in Integrated Ship Design) in Istanbul, Turkey. EMSHIP is an advanced Master’s program leading to a combined degree in Offshore Structures and…

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ICE Presenting the 2016 AVEVA World Marine User Meeting

ICE recently participated at the AVEVA World Marine User Meeting held in Malmo, Sweden. Nicu Olaru, ICE’s AVEVA Marine System Administrator, and Catalin Axente, Software Developer gave a technical paper at this event, describing ICE’s in-house development of programs to…

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ICE to Present at RINA Conference

ICE will present the paper “Managing Design of Complex Ships” at a Maritime Project Management conference arranged in London by the prestigious Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) on 24-25 February 2016.

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ICE in News

The marine industry’s increasing search for cost-effective design services is gradually making more people aware of what ICE has to offer. This awareness has also made the media take a look at ICE, as shown in the press cuttings below.

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Type 45 Destroyer Visit

Logistic and organization are two most important things for successfully running a warehouse. Warehouse must be optimized for fast loading on the trucks and unloading from them on the arrival. There is no place for mistakes, because if one truck has to wait a minute too long, ten after them will have to wait as well. Just image what would happen if a cargo would get misplaced, or if it wouldn’t be accessible for forklift to pick it up.

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ICE at Marintec China

ICE recently participated as an exhibitor at the Marintec China 2015 trade show in Shanghai, as part of the UK national pavilion. The trade show had a record number of over 2,000 exhibiting companies and covered 80,000 square metres of…

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Nicu Crapcenco to leave ICE

After ten years with the ICE Group, Nicu Crapcenco has decided to pursue new challenges and will be leaving ICE towards the end of February. As Managing Director of Projects, and thereafter as Director of Business Development reporting to the…

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Chairman’s New Year’s Message

“2015 was difficult; 2016 will be brutal”; so proclaimed a headline in a recent offshore oil & gas industry newsletter. For many shipyards and oil service companies that ominous prediction may well be correct. As a designer of drill ships, FPSOs and other oil service vessels, we are conscious of the difficulties in that industry. However, ICE has huge experience also in sectors that are less impacted by the low oil price; thus we are now pursuing marine design work for the defence and other industries. Providing high quality engineering at very competitive prices is an advantage at a time when most clients are keen to reduce costs. Our solid finances enable us to invest in increased productivity and to continue to develop in-house designs. I therefore look forward to 2016 with confidence and cautious optimism. I wish our customers, employees, business associates and other friends all the best for the New Year!

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