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We have moved to a new office! (03/02-2014)

Coastdesign Norway is happy to announce that we have moved into a new office on 1st December 2013.

- Read More Autoload 3D Crane module is now DNV type approved. (10/06-2013)

The advanced Autoload 3D crane module is now type approved by DNV.

- Read More Visit Coastdesign Norway at the Nor-Shipping Show, Booth T01-11 (02/06-2013)

Autoship Systems Corporation (ASC) in partner with their Dealer, Coastdesign Norway A/S are pleased to announce they will be exhibiting at Nor-Shipping 2013 from June 4th – 7th at the Norway Trade Fairs in Oslo, Norway.

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Offshore Support Vessel

Autoload can automatically import the complete 3D vessel database from any system used for vessel design. Advanced (Nurbs – Iges) surface import features are developed to meet the increasing request for Autoload in the market . We now can offer even faster , still reliable deliveries , also including preliminary versions at an early stage of the design process.

Designed to meet IMO loading computer requirements, and type approved by DNV and Lloyds, also for direct damage stability calculations,  Autoload enables vessel operators to perform accurate stability and strength calculations for any vessel loading condition. All calculations are performed from first principles, ensuring that results are as close to real life as possible, including true shift of load in slack tanks, damage, wind, grounding, water on deck, crane operation, any possible “what-if” scenario.

Screenshot Offshore Support Vessel

The Screen interface is designed to give the operator a full overview of the vessels status due to stability and strength margins, ship load and reserve capacity.

Red bars will give a clear warning if any margins are exceeded.

Profile, body, plan and 3D view show vessel floating positon aswell as tank loads and deck / fixed loads..

Maxvcg curve with margin, longitudinal strength curves and margins, drafts survey-,  wind- , ballasting sequence-, auto-ballasting-, etc. are readily available from the main user interface through a selection of tabs.

The Autoload screen interface is a result of more then 20 years of experience with Windows programming and design of true  windows application, always using the latest available programming tools on the market. .

(Autoship was windows pioneers, and  converted their complete software package to Windows as early as  1989)

Autoload with dual screen
Autoload with dual screen (recommended).

The Autoload deck cargo and crane handling module were implemented into the Autoload offshore vessel version as a plug in module in 2005.   This module is a compressed version of   our SPS program  (ship planning System), developed over 10 years for roro fleets like Wallenius Wilhelmsen.

The cargo management window represent only a small fraction of available function  from our  SPS system.  We have a unlimited amount of cargo handling features in our shelves. (dangerous cargo, deck pressure, deck height, stowing rules, pipe stowing with added water, stowing conflicts, automatically stowing, the list of tools is long…) 

The booking list in the offshore version has until now been based on manually input, but can be interfaced to the vessel operators booking system. The tools were developed, and implemented for the Roro fleets 5 years ago.

Drag and drop cargo from booking list,   draw your own cargo shape,  save it in drop down library for later use, the possibilities are endless. Yet intuitive and easy to use.

The cargo on deck will even be included in the vessels projected wind area.

Crane module

Our 3D crane module have been developed over many years, and can today simulate the crane lift to a very detailed level, taking into account weight of all moving crane components, selection of hook and fall, weight of wire moving from winch to tip of crane. Even the buoyancy of the cargo and wire are taken into account (for deep water operations)

Crane is controlled by mouse. Right click control the knuckle (telescope)  angle, left click control the slewing and topping angle. The crane capacity is also controlled, and of coerce stability criteria’s for sudden drop of load.

With the crane loading sequence planning window user can generate a detail plan for a heavy crane lift, and then run 3D “video” of crane lift by stepping trough the pre planned steps. The steps in sequenced can be automatically calculated by the Autoballast function.

The Autoballast function find required amount of ballast based on input target draft, heel and trim.  Check of longitudinal strength and general stability criteria’s (minimum GM)  is built into the auto ballast logic. 

And finally, the crane can be online, to monitor real time crane lift and also send the planned steps for a crane operation to ballast system (already delivered to several vessels).

Autoload 3D deckcrane (imported from 3D dxf crane drawing)

Some Key Features

  • Handle intact and damage conditions.
  • Maxvcg curve and margin bars or direct stability analysis (or combination)
  • Include NMD Anchor handling stability criteria’s.
  • Connect to on-board tank and draft sensors.(or any other sensors ,  like winch tension and wire paid out)
  • Compare vessel condition with preset strength and stability limits.
  • Simulate crane loading and unloading with 3D crane model.
  • Calculate weight of wire paid out,  buoyancy from submerged cargo.
  • Graphical editing of deck cargo
  • Booking list
  • Cargo manifest report with graphical layout of deckload.
  • User controlled Library for standardized deck cargo
  • Graphically pipe loading with water in pipe calculations.  
  • Calculate Dynamic motion parameters
  • Perform ballasting sequence.
  • Perform loading / unloading sequence
  • Perform crane ballast sequence, or any other sequence.
  • Automatically ballast calculations, based on user input target floating position.
  • Draft survey,  by draft sensors or manually observed drafts at marks.
  • Permits different harbor water densities.
  • 3D window showing vessel with correct deck load, crane position / load and vessel floating position.
  • Create readily printable reports, can be exported to Microsoft Word.
  • Customizable alert system.


3rd Party Integration

Autoload can either be fully integrated into the vessel control system or receive sensor data via standardized communication protocols ,   for tank loads, draft, weight,  crane  and wind sensors   When on-line, all sensor data   are automatically updated to reflect real conditions.  Or operator can choose to work off-line to carry out simulations. (what if situations)

Computer Specifications

Autoship software was the first true marine Windows application back  in 1990.  Today Autoload remains a true windows application, designed with the latest available tools for graphical interface and reporting,
Autoload can be installed on any computer using the Windows platform .

For optimum performance, we recommend that the computer specification should be at least: Pentium 4, 3GHz with 512 MB go RAM, 100MB free disk space, 128MB video card with open GL support , DVD/CD reader, USB port, serial port, Ethernet card.

Internet Explorer version 4.0 or later is required.

Operating system: Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows Vista or Windows 7.