Design & Construction

Sustainability drives innovation in decking systems

Sustainability drives innovation in decking systems

Viking Cruises’ new ship Viking Neptune will set sail on the Mediterranean in November, before embarking on the 2023-2024 Viking World Cruise. With its diverse itineraries taking in everything from subarctic Scandinavia to the tropical waters of Southeast Asia and Latin America, the 227m newbuild will be faced a wide range of temperatures and climates. […]

Bold ideas often overlooked

Bold ideas often overlooked

The social relations between the various parties involved in shipbuilding in general are a topic that probably has received little attention in academia. However, Leena Jokinen’s doctoral thesis, ‘Ideation for Cruise Ships – Collaborative Interorganisational Foresight in Cruise Ship Concept Ideation’, which was recently approved at the University of Turku in Finland, looks at these […]

New ‘Dawn’ for George Hepburn

New ‘Dawn’ for George Hepburn

A quest for enhanced crew comfort and improved fuel efficiency has driven the design of Celestial Dawn, recently delivered to owner George Hepburn for prawn fishing in the Scottish North Sea. The 22.75m vessel, designed by Macduff Ship Design and built by Macduff Shipyards, replaces an older vessel of the same name (also built by Macduff, in […]

Fine entry for the BAR30

Fine entry for the BAR30

Profiled at Seawork 2022, the offshore wind farm vessel Seacat Columbia doesn’t look that novel from the quayside – until you get a proper look at the far side of the boat, writes Stevie Knight. The BAR30-class vessel’s asymmetrical design may be surprising, “but the hull is 30% more efficient than a similar capacity cat […]

Wally unveils new compact class

Wally unveils new compact class

Monaco-based luxury yacht brand Wally has unveiled the first renderings of its wallywhy150 class, a 24m/150gt model. The newcomer has been described as a ‘little sister’ to the group’s 27m/200gt wallywhy200, launched in September 2021. The wallywhy150 was developed by Wally-Ferretti Group Engineering, with Studio A. Vallicelli & C producing its interior design. Luca Bassani, […]

Keel laid for first Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine

Keel laid for first Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine

General Dynamics Electric Boat conducted a keel-laying ceremony for the first Columbia-class ballistic-missile submarine, USS District of Columbia (SSBN 826) at Quonset Point, Rhode Island, on 4 June 2022. District of Columbia will be the first of a 12-boat class, which will replace 14 US Navy Ohio-class nuclear-powered ballistic submarines from 2027 onwards. The transition […]

Sentinels at the ready

Sentinels at the ready

Tasmanian boatbuilder PFG Group has launched demonstrator versions of its 8m and 11m Sentinel tactical watercraft – with one 8m unit already having been snapped up domestically by the Queensland Police Service. The RIBs were designed, by One2Three Naval Architects, for reduced risk of capsizal and rollover. Patrick McManus, naval architect at One2Three, tells Ship […]

Surface support from the Hydronauts

Surface support from the Hydronauts

UK boatbuilder Diverse Marine has been contracted to build the initial run in a series of robotic vessels, monikered the Hydronaut class, for Houston-based Nauticus Robotics (formerly Houston Mechatronics). In order to comply with the terms of the US’ protectionist Jones Act, some of the 18m vessels will be constructed by Diverse Marine’s partner yards […]

Approaching ‘Zion’

Approaching ‘Zion’

Over the past 75 years on Ship & Boat International, we’ve profiled more than a few innovative and off-the-wall yacht concepts, ranging from superyachts based on the aircraft from TV show Thunderbirds to floating tennis courts (see the March/April 2022 issue, page 54, for an example of the latter). However, a yacht design based literally […]

An urgent need for redesign

An urgent need for redesign

Poorly designed enclosed spaces are proving to be actual death traps for seafarers and port stevedores alike – and, depressingly, these fatalities are dangerously close to becoming accepted as an ‘inevitable’ part of maritime and offshore operations. The International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) has calculated that, since January 2018, 12 seafarers and 16 dockers have […]

Close to the drone

Close to the drone

  (image: Southern Ocean Laboratory)   China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) has launched what may be the world’s first remotely operated drone carrier. Zhu Hai Yun will function primarily as a research vessel, specialising in oceanography, but will also have the capacity for naval operations in the South China Sea.   The vessel was ordered by the […]

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