OSIS-IHI (Ocean Structure Interaction Simulator – Ice-Hull Interaction) is a ship maneuvering in ice modeling software developed at OCRE for a marine simulator and ship performance assessment applications. A series of OSIS-IHI simulations is conducted to explain the maneuvering behavior observed of the USCGC Polar Icebreaker indicative design previously tested at the centre. The simulation is conducted with the original and a modified version of the USCGC Icebreaker Healy. The Icebreaker USCGC Healy was equipped with doublescrew conventional propellers. The hull geometry of the OSIS-Healy model is appropriately modified to mimic the hull form of two indicated design versions in question and its propulsion units replaced by twin pods prior to studying its maneuverability in order to shed light on the apparently poor maneuvering performance of the podded version of the indicative design. The modified version extends the mid-body leaving just 7.5 % of hull that constitutes the stern section. It is hypothesized that the extended mid-section cost large resisting moment against turning due to the increase of ice breaking at the aft shoulder and mid-body. This hypothesis is validated numerically to explain the poor maneuverability exhibited by the extended mid-body design, based on consideration of ice-hull interaction geometry and basic mechanics of ice breaking as well as existing anecdotal test evidences. This paper presents result of the simulation to explore effects of hull geometry and tightness of turns on ship maneuverability. Important insights gained are summarized and recommendation for further work given.

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