Light Structures’ SENSFIB Hull Stress Monitoring System received the ABS SMART(SHM) Tier 3 Product Design Assessment (PDA) certificate.

The SENSFIB Tier 3 Smart Structural Health Monitoring system employs an industry-leading, fiber optic, sensor-based approach for structural health assessment and prediction, calibrated and verified using high-fidelity data for improved accuracy and reliability.

The system provides information about the stresses on a vessel’s hull from cargo loading, weather conditions and the passage of time through data from several fiber optic strain sensors, accelerometers and graphic user interfaces.

Vessels fitted with the SENSFIB system will be eligible to receive the ABS Class notation SMART(SHM) with vessel records indicating Global Hull and Fatigue, Tier 3.

“Our PDA for Light Structures provides a comprehensive certification solution that demonstrates their commitment to enhanced structural health and condition monitoring. The presence of SMART systems is growing rapidly in the industry, and ABS is proud to add the Light Structures structural monitoring technology to the list of ABS approved SMART products,” said Patrick Ryan, ABS Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer.

The PDA certificate was presented to Niklas Hallgren, CEO of Light Structures, at the ABS world headquarters in Houston.

“We’re delighted to receive a Product Design Assessment for the SMART (SHM) notation by ABS. The certification reflects our unique position to integrate structural health monitoring data with digital and cloud-based platforms, and our ability to improve safety at sea and optimize condition-based maintenance as part of our clients’ digital transformation,” said Hallgren.

Light Structures’ SENSFIB monitoring system is being developed in accordance with the ABS Guide for Smart Functions for Marine Vessels and Offshore Units, which can be found here.

Photo Caption (L to R): Niklas Hallgren, CEO of Light Structures, with Patrick Ryan, ABS Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer.

About ABS

ABS, a leading global provider of classification and technical advisory services to the marine and offshore industries, is committed to setting standards for safety and excellence in design and construction. Focused on safe and practical application of advanced technologies and digital solutions, ABS works with industry and clients to develop accurate and cost-effective compliance, optimized performance and operational efficiency for marine and offshore assets.

About Light Structures AS

Light Structures AS was founded in 2001 as a spin-off from the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment and is now established as the leading provider of turnkey fiber optic stress and fatigue monitoring systems based on Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG) technology. Light Structures leverages its passion for monitoring to deliver custom solutions based on its SENSFIBTM portfolio for the qualification of uncertainties in relation to ship and maritime asset design, safety and operations. More than 300 SENSFIBTM systems have been installed globally for diverse applications, vessels and customers. Light Structures is headquartered in Oslo and has a growing network of international offices. SENSFIBTM solutions are sold through a dedicated network of partners and agents worldwide.



Freight transport through the Suez Canal has fallen by 45 per cent in the two months since shipping companies changed routes due to Houthi attacks, according to UN agency UNCTAD.
The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), which supports developing countries in global trade, warned of high inflation risks, uncertainty in food security and rising greenhouse gas emissions.

Shipping companies have moved their vessels away from the Red Sea since the Iran-linked Houthi movement, which controls most of Yemen’s populated areas, began attacking ships it claims are supporting Palestinians in Gaza. The US and UK have responded with air strikes against the Houthis.

UNCTAD said 39 per cent fewer ships passed through the Suez Canal than in early December, leading to a 45 per cent drop in freight tonnage.

Jan Hoffmann, UNCTAD’s head of trade logistics, said three major global trade routes were now disrupted, including grain and oil flows since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the Panama Canal, where shipments last month were down 36 per cent from a year earlier and 62 per cent from two years ago due to low water levels caused by drought.

“We are very concerned. We are seeing delays, higher costs and higher greenhouse gas emissions,” Hoffmann said.

Emissions are rising because ships are choosing longer routes and travelling faster to compensate for detours, Hoffmann said.

The Suez Canal handles 12-15 per cent of global trade and 25-30 per cent of container traffic. Container shipments through the canal fell by 82 per cent in the week to 19 January compared to early December, with the decline in LNG being even greater. The decline in dry bulk cargoes was smaller, while crude oil tanker traffic showed a slight increase.

Spot container prices recorded their sharpest weekly increase of $500, affecting not only shipments from Asia to Europe but also the non-Suez route to the US west coast, which more than doubled. However, prices were still only half of the peak reached during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Hoffmann said food prices could feel the impact, adding that about half of the increases seen since the war in Ukraine have been due to higher transport costs, but it may take some time for end consumers in developed countries to see the impact.

“It takes up to a year for these higher freight rates to be passed on to consumers,” Mr Hoffmann said, “until we actually see them in the store, whether it’s Ikea, Walmart or whatever store,” he said.

Hydro Extrusions, the world’s leading value-added extrusion manufacturer of lightweight aluminium, will be holding “Aluminium Marine Seminars” in Istanbul and Antalya on 11-13 July.
Developing innovative solutions for the Marine and Offshore industries as well as other global industries, Hydro’s Aluminium Marine Seminar will cover important topics for the industry, such as innovative aluminium solutions that will enable shipyards and ship designers to better understand all the advantages of aluminium.

The seminar will be held at Holiday Inn Istanbul Tuzla on 11 July and Antalya Su Hotel on 13 July.

Seminar Topics

– From Bauxite to Extrusion
– Alloys
– Extrusion process
– Profile design
– Value-added solutions such as machining, bending and Friction Stir Welding
– Corrosion and Fire Protection
– Advantages of aluminium for shipyards

Yacht Life Boat Show 2023, which was held for the first time this year, started at Antalya Anfaş Fair and Congress Centre.
Yacht Life Boat Show brought together 1500 exhibitors and 350 companies at Antalya Anfaş Fair and Congress Centre. Antalya Governor Hulusi Şahin, Coast Guard Antalya Group Commander SG. Lt. Col. Tolga Coşkun, IMEAK Chamber of Shipping Chairman Tamer Kıran, Antalya Chamber of Shipping Chairman Ahmet Çetin and sector representatives attended the fair.

The fair will grow rapidly

Speaking at the opening of the fair, Governor Şahin stated that Antalya is a city of fairs. Referring to the importance of the Yacht Life Boat Show fair, Governor Şahin said, “This yacht fair was one of the exhibition gaps of Antalya. I believe that Yacht Life Boat Show will grow very quickly and become one of the most important and effective fairs in Turkey. Because Antalya has such a potential. Yacht production is carried out in the Free Zone in Antalya and Antalya has recently been getting a very large share of this cake. Antalya has a great momentum not only with yacht manufacturing but also with its sub-industry. We will grow the yacht industry with all its elements in our Antalya and Turkey.”

We have big goals in the second century

Emphasising that Turkey has big targets in its second century, Governor Hulusi Şahin said: “There is a great added value that Turkey will get from the maritime and yacht sector. We have big targets in Turkey’s second century. We expect 500 billion dollars of exports and 1 trillion dollars of foreign trade volume. For this, we need to double what we are now. We are at 250 billion dollars, and we have broken records and reached these figures, we need to increase this even more.”

Turkey is taking giant steps

Stating that Turkey has reached an important place in the defence industry and international maritime transport, Governor Şahin said: “Turkey is taking giant steps. It is moving towards important points in the naval defence industry. We have pioneering companies in this field. Very good works are being done in Tuzla and Antalya. We are also at a very good point in civil shipbuilding.”

After the speeches, Governor Şahin and protocol members visited the fair area and made inspections. Yacht Life Boat Show, which brings together the most up-to-date and important developments of the maritime world with visitors, will be open to visitors between 16-24 December.