Friday 18 November 2016

Revolutionary X-Bow design promoted for use with expedition cruise vessels

#expeditioncruising .

Norwegian shipbuilder, Ulstein, is promoting their revolutionary X-Bow design for use in the expedition cruise segment.

The company claims a vessel with the X-BOW lines is very different from the usual cruise vessels. The seakeeping characteristics have an impact on comfort, safety, efficiency and operability.

From the company website:

The X-BOW hull line design is a patented innovation by Ulstein Group, headquartered in Norway.

As an offshore expert, we know how the seas can hammer and batter a vessel. The abrupt stops from slamming in head seas can be a potential danger to crew and passengers, and reduce the well-being and effective rest for all on board. The X-BOW eliminates slamming from head seas.

The X-BOW’s soft entry in waves highly improves the on-board comfort, and leads to a substantial reduction in noise and vibrations. Even on the lower decks, crew and passengers will experience uninterrupted rest. More available space in the forepart of the vessel opens up to the options of large observation or underwater lounges with spectacular views, recreational areas such as cinemas, gaming rooms and activity rooms for children or to personal wellbeing such as exercise rooms, spa and treatment areas.

Safety on board is increased. The shape and enclosed nature of the X-BOW helps to ensure minimised risk of spray, avoiding the hazard or nuisance of slippery or icy decks. The soft motions in waves reduces wear-and-tear to the hull. Safety is also an issue considering the more efficient rest time for passengers and crew.

Efficiency and operability
The X-BOW shape leads to lower speed loss. The captain has the choice of keeping up speed while maintaining comfort. The ship will be able to operate more quickly and efficiently in adverse conditions at sea, with shorter time spent transiting harsh sea areas.

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