Friday 29 January 2016

3D modelling design for expedition cruise ships


Plans for two new US expedition cruise ships have moved further forward after it was announced that Seattle-based naval architect Jensen Maritime has been chosen by vessel owner Lindblad Expeditions Holdings to provide the design and production engineering services for the two ships.

The twin screw diesel ships – with capacity for 100 passengers each – will be built at the Washington State shipyard of Nichols Brothers Boat Builders (NBBB) and have planned delivery dates of second-quarter 2017 and 2018. The US$94.8 million duo will operate tours between Baja, Costa Rica and Panama in winter and southeast Alaska, Oregon, Washington and Canada during the summer months.

Jensen Maritime – part of Crowley Maritime Group – said that it would use 3D modelling capabilities to allow Lindblad to confirm the vessel’s layout, maintenance envelopes and operational access prior to construction. The group will combine all the details of the structural, electrical, mechanical and HVAC systems of the vessel into one full-size 3D computer model resulting in a virtual vessel that can be inspected early in the design process for safety, maintainability and constructability.

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