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Petrobalt designing safe and functional vessels

Design Bureau Petrobalt was established in 1995. The St. Petersburg-based company is an experienced CADMATIC user that focuses on the basic and detail design of various types of vessels.

Petrobalt designs vessels for both Russian and foreign customers and conducts research and devel- opment tasks in the shipbuilding sector. The development targets include, among others, feasibility studies, optimization of trans- port schemes, the preparation of technical proposals, tender and contract documentation for the
construction of new vessels, as well as technical/classification ship projects.

Hull and outfitting design

Petrobalt uses CADMATIC Hull for 3D hull modeling with full details of the planes and curved structures of the hulls, superstructures and the foundations of main and auxiliary mechanisms, devices and outfitting

Petrobalt Chief CAD Engineer Ramil Bagautdinov says that with CADMATIC they can generate a complete environment for creating functional and safe vessels.

“The 3D model of the vessel helps to determine the best options for the relative positioning of ship equipment, pipelines and cable routes. After working out the pipelines in the 3D model, we generate sketches of the pipes that have all the necessary information for manufacturing. We also use CADMATIC to create drawings for the installation of equipment, ship devices, pipelines and electric routes,” says Ramil.

3D model of approx. 3787 GT fishing vessel designed by Petrobalt.

Ramil further states that CADMATiC assists them to generate technical documentation and data from the model to create production drawings that are transferred to shipyards. They can also export models for the strength calculation of vessels or individual structures. 

“When you know all the features of CADMATIC and can use it properly, it is fully suited to the design of vessels,” says Ramil.

Petrobalt designers have been particularly happy with CADMATIC’s ability to quickly build and adjust structures with reference to the coordinates of the vessel and adjacent structures. Ramil also indicates that the threshold for new users to start using CADMATIC is relatively low, even for those that are not familiar with shipbuilding CAD systems. 

“We are also very happy with the ability to distribute work across our teams in a single project model,” Ramil adds.

Petrobalt uses the CADMATIC CoDesigner to distribute work between subcontractors for both hull and outfitting design.

Petrobalt Chief CAD Engineer Ramil Bagautdinov is happy with how effectively CADMATIC is able to distribute work across design teams.

Demanding fishing vessel project

Petrobalt recently completed the design of a fishing vessel with CADMATIC software. The project was challenging as the design office and the customer also made changes to the basic design project, which had to be worked out in the model and detail design and production documentation, in parallel with the construction work of the vessel.

The over 80-meter-long vessel has a gross tonnage of approximately of 3787 GT and freezer cargo capacity of 2050 m3. The vessel can accommodate 46 persons and includes a medical facility.