May 08, 2018

The Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) presented the RINA-QinetiQ Maritime Innovation Award to GustoMSC for its Callirrhoe Moonpool. A recognition of the company’s work in reducing environmental emissions through moonpool design.
The Award was announced at the Institution’s Annual Dinner in London on 12 April. The award recognizes innovations that offer the potential to make significant improvements in the design, construction and operation of marine vessels and structures.
GustoMSC has a long history in drillship design. Modern drillships usually feature moonpools through which the drill string and drilling riser pass to reach the seabed. “We do not treat a moonpool as an inconvenient hole in the hull of the ship, but instead try to take advantage of the shape to increase the performance of the vessel”, says Dimitris Chalkias, Senior Engineer Vessels GustoMSC. “In recent years we invested in the research of moonpool performance and design. Our efforts can be showcased with three moonpool technologies; the Callirrhoe, Galene and Euryale moonpool.”
The RINA judging panel was impressed by the Callirrhoe solution put forward by GustoMSC, which gives savings of 37% in resistance compared to other types of mitigation designs. The Panel considered that this solution will translate into significant fuel savings and reduced environmental emissions when in transit. (Source and image: GustoMSC)