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Intern - product development - subsea tension tool

Royal IHC

Royal IHC

Kinderdijk, Netherlands
Posted on Monday, October 30, 2023

The role:

Your job


Are you looking for an opportunity to develop a new and innovative product? A challenging graduation project that will have a disruptive impact on the market? Do you enjoy using your creativity to find new solutions for a product that will help enable the energy transition? If so, then look no further than this graduation position at Royal IHC.

Graduation Project description

The floating wind market is now still in an early stage with some prototype floating turbine generators being installed. According to market forecasts, the number of floaters, will increase significantly by the end of this decade, including mooring and installation. Royal IHC developed the patented subsea tension tool as an independent intervention tool for tensioning chain, but a simplified version is preferred for the wind industry.

The IHC SAS-Hytop engineering department is responsible for the delivery of the engineering design package for construction and delivery of offshore equipment. Next to delivery of the engineering design packages to the workshop, engineers also communicate with the workshop, class bureaus and customer on a daily basis.

The Challenge

Within this graduation Project, you are responsible for a concept version of the new simplified the Subsea Tension Tool. With this tool, our sales department can offer our customers a cost-effective method for tensioning mooring chains after installation, without adding additional weight to the mooring line. The design must be a solid basis for the sales department to explain it to our clients and for the engineering department to have a clear scope and demarcation to estimate further engineering. For this reason, the graduation project should minimally lead to an extensive report on the results and input for creation of a leaflet or brochure.

You will use current design, feedback from SAS-Hytop and clients, as well as regulations to create the tool specification and a design. With the design IHC will inform clients and determine a engineering scope for the next stage. To achieve this, you will be involved in a wide range of tasks and have the following responsibilities:

  • Updating a research- and patent study into tensioning methods to the current state of affairs;
  • Setting up the requirements for the tool, based on market opportunities, restrictions and class rules;
  • Function analysis of the tool including an overview of possible solutions for each function, optionally backed up by a brainstorm;
  • Liaising with SAS-Hytop engineers on their day to day design and their approach to these areas;
  • Liaising with other departments within SAS-Hytop (sales, management) to collect information needed for the graduation project;
  • Recording the concept design in sufficient detail in drawings, calculations and the final report as a basis for further development of the design;
  • Optional: providing input for and supervising the creation of an animation by an external party.
  • Provide input to marketing and sales for creation of a leaflet or brochure.

In short, you are expected to research, design and document a disruptive and cost effective method for chain tensioning on floating wind turbine platforms.

This method can change the market and help bring down the cost of floating wind to an acceptable level. It will contribute to the feasibility of floating wind and help to enable a brighter future for the energy transition.

Your Profile

To be able to discuss and inform the organization and colleagues in the developments and initiatives in the field of chain mooring, floating wind and the Royal IHC way of working, you must be an articulate, confident and self-driven individual. You will be able to take the initiative. To be eligible for this position, you must have:

  • A vocational education (HBO or WO);
  • A study focused on creative machinery design or mechanical engineering;
  • Knowledge and/or interest in offshore technology and preferably of mooring and/or (floating) wind turbines;
  • Experience with 2D and 3D modelling (desirable);
  • A good command of the English language, both verbally and written;
  • The ability of using feedback to improve the quality of your work;
  • The ability to work independently and to be self-critical.

We offer

  • This internship offers you a monthly salary between €350,- and €425,- based on a full-time week.
  • Reimbursement of your travel costs.
  • Guidance and freedom to explore different topics.
  • During your internship, you will also have the opportunity to work on your assignments or thesis.
  • Flexible working hours and the possibility to work partially from home.
  • A great opportunity to contribute to the future of the maritime industry.