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PORTFOLIO | COVER STORY

The Crunch Question T Friendship Systems joined the GL Group at the beginning of the year. Friendship-Framework is the company’s world market- leading software application for computing hydrodynamic- ally optimized ship hulls he search for the ideal freighter hull always begins with the task of determining the water resistance the travel- ling vessel will have to overcome. The crunch question is, how can the power demand be reduced at a given, or even at an increased payload? Designing the optimal ship first and foremost means optimizing the design strategy. This is where Friendship Systems comes into play. Claus Abt, Dr Stefan Harries and Dr Karsten Hochkirch, the three shipbuilding engineers who established the company in 2003, realized that the traditional approach – drafting

PROTOTYPE. Highest possible payload with least pos- sible power demand.

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