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Hyundai Heavy Industries chooses NAPA Steel for paradigm shift in ship design

Helsinki, Finland – February 13, 2017

Hyundai Heavy Industries achieves paradigm shift in ship design by using new 3D model-based software from NAPA

Hyundai Heavy Industries

Leading maritime software, services and data analysis provider NAPA has announced that Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), the world’s largest shipbuilder and frontrunner in ship design technology has implemented NAPA Steel’s 3D-model-based ship structural design tool across its business.

NAPA Steel provides an interactive 3D structural modelling interface. Once a single flexible model is created for the whole vessel, this can be used throughout the design process, including class society rule checks, creating plan approval drawings, FE (Finite Element) model generation, weight calculation, etc.

HHI actively participated in testing and developing NAPA Steel, and has now begun leveraging its potential to enhance productivity in ship structural design. Following the introduction of NAPA Steel, HHI expects the design time and man-hours to be reduced by almost 30% in ship structural design. After further development and customization in partnership with NAPA they expect this to be reduced even further.

Hong-Ryeul Ryu, Head of Basic Hull Design Department, Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), commented:

“NAPA Steel is one of the forerunners in ship structural design technology. We have been testing this new software over a long period of time and are sure that the roll-out of NAPA Steel will allow our engineers to become more productive, greatly enhancing the quality of ship structural design.”

Juha Heikinheimo, President, NAPA Group commented:

“The adoption of NAPA Steel by HHI, the world’s largest shipbuilder, demonstrates that our work to bring 3D modelling to ship structural design has been a success. The world’s best and most demanding ship engineers at HHI have tested NAPA Steel extensively and taken NAPA Steel to production use. I would like to personally thank HHI for this opportunity.

“Fun to use, NAPA Steel provides a new level of usability and speed to this vast group of NAPA users. Moreover, NAPA Steel will be a paradigm shift in increasing competitive advantage and productivity and creating cost savings for all our customers. NAPA Steel has revolutionised our software and delivered an agile, fast-to-learn and user friendly design tool that meets the needs of new ‘digital natives’ entering the industry. It remains widely accessible to new users, applicable to the specific tasks undertaken and capable of delivering compliant, safe and productive design to confidently meet the challenges of the future.”


About NAPA
In its nearly 30 years of operation, NAPA has become a global leader in software, services and data analysis for the maritime industry; providing best in class data-led solutions for safety, efficiency and productivity in both ship design and operations.

NAPA operates globally, with eleven offices across Asia, Europe and the Americas supported by its Helsinki headquarters. To date, NAPA has nearly 400 user organisations for its design solutions and over 2,000 installations onboard vessels. For more information, visit

About Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI)
Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (HHI) is the world’s largest shipbuilding company, headquartered in Ulsan, South Korea. It has seven business divisions: Shipbuilding, Offshore & Engineering, Industrial Plant & Engineering, Engine & Machinery, Electro & Electric Systems, Construction Equipment, and Green Energy.

Hyundai Shipbuilding Division leads the global shipbuilding industry with a 15% share of the market. The Shipbuilding Division is capable of building all types of ships to meet various demands from its clients. It operates 10 drydocks equipped with 9 Goliath cranes and cutting-edge construction facilities in Ulsan and Gunsan.

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