COSCO Shipyard Group Significantly Increases Productivity and Quality with Intergraph SmartMarine™ 3D

Leading China shipbuilder to rapidly deploy Intergraph marine engineering design solution to all five of its yards for ship and offshore projects

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., October 16, 2007 – After only 10 months of implementation, the COSCO Shipyard Group, one of China’s major shipbuilding companies, has already realized significant productivity and quality results to warrant a more rapid deployment of Intergraph SmartMarine 3D engineering design software solutions to all five of its yards for ship and offshore projects.

Typical start-up times for comprehensive software solutions use on real projects is one-to-three years, but because of SmartMarine 3D’s ease of use, integration and ability to increase shipbuilding productivity and quality, COSCO is accelerating implementation. SmartMarine 3D streamlines marine outfitting and structure design processes and provides all the functionality needed to design and build many different types of marine facilities and equipment, including offshore platforms, naval and commercial ships, and floating production, storage, and offloading (FPSO) vessels.

Since purchasing SmartMarine 3D (formerly known as IntelliShip®) in late 2006, COSCO has applied its marine engineering design capabilities in three shipyards:

  • COSCO Zhoushan Shipyard – Its floating, storage and offloading (FSO) project is the first offshore project by COSCO Zhoushan and is the beginning of its offshore marine industry activities, including the new development for a semi-submersible unit
  • COSCO Dalian Shipyard – Design and construction of a floating, drilling, production, storage and offloading (FDPSO) vessel 
  • COSCO Nantong Shipyard – Production of the first self-elevating (jack-up) drilling unit undertaken by COSCO and only the third ever built in China, as well as the world’s first cylindrical drilling unit

Due to the success of these marine engineering projects, COSCO is planning on expanding its use of SmartMarine 3D at its Guangzhou technical center branch and Guangzhou shipyards. Implementation at these sites will begin in the first half of 2008.

“Using SmartMarine 3D for our design process has given us markedly improved efficiency and quality compared to our previous design process. For example, modeling of piping and equipment is now done up to 50 percent faster,” said Zhu Qingshuang, general manager for the COSCO Shipyard Group Technical Centre. “The partnership and support we enjoy from Intergraph is invaluable for achieving our objectives and goals for becoming one of the most sophisticated shipyards in China as well as on a global basis.”

Gerhard Sallinger, president of Intergraph Process, Power, and Marine said, “COSCO Shipyard Group’s implementation gains in productivity and quality through the use of SmartMarine 3D are further validation to the competitive advantages provided by our generation of ship design and production solutions. The automation and integration capabilities and proven results of our SmartMarine Enterprise and 3D design applications has led to rapid adoption by leading shipyards around the world. We are pleased by COSCO’s decision to deploy these applications and look forward to continuing our partnership.”


About Intergraph

Intergraph Corporation is the leading global provider of spatial information management (SIM) software. Security organizations, businesses and governments in more than 60 countries rely on the company’s spatial technology and services to make better and faster operational decisions. Intergraph’s customers organize vast amounts of complex data into understandable visual representations, creating intelligent maps, managing assets, building and operating better plants and ships and protecting critical infrastructure and millions of people around the world. For more information, visit

About COSCO Shipyard Group

COSCO Shipyard Group Co., Ltd, a joint venture between China Ocean Shipping Company (COSCO) and Singapore ’s SembCorp Marine, consists of five main subsidiary shipyards and other relative memberships, which are strategically located in Dalian, Nantong, Zhoushan, Guangzhou & Shanghai. The group deploys one 300,000 ton floating dock, one 200,000 ton graving dock, one 180,000 ton floating dock, one 150,000 ton floating dock, three 80,000 ton floating docks, one 80,000 ton graving dock and one 50,000 ton floating dock, thus, a complete range of services can be provided, which include normal dry docking, repair and conversion for any size of the ocean going vessels. For more information, visit

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David Joffrion
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