As something of a frustrated naval architect myself, I have long respected and admired the achievements and talents of our naval architects through history, particularly the more innovative and imaginative of the breed. I am fortunate to have known many globally successful naval architects, including my own eldest son, so I have come to learn much of their rather arcane profession.
It is often said that naval architecture is part science and part art. I believe that the former part, particularly with all the maths involved, is the more important although art is still vital in producing attractive ships and boats. That is what sells vessels, after all, and ensures the ongoing success of any naval architectural practice.
It is also often said that, “what looks well, goes well”. I believe that to be very true. First impressions count with both people and ships and boats.
Design • Testing • Analysis • Software • Engineering
We at Baird Maritime are fortunate to maintain close contact with many, if not most, of the world’s leading independent firms of naval architects. Many of them have been advertising customers of ours, some for forty years. We know them, their designs, and their businesses very well.
We have also got to know many “in house” naval architects employed by major shipbuilders, ship owners, navies and other government bodies and by classification societies. Two, we know, are even managing industry associations and one is a magazine editor! Each has his or her own role to play but, importantly, without them, our ships and boats would be notably less efficient, safe, economical, environmentally friendly and attractive. They very much earn their keep and remain a vital sector of the overall maritime industry.
Some readers, perhaps, may think that Baird Maritime somewhat overindulges the naval architecture profession. I very strongly think otherwise. I hope that some of the examples of their work that we will present here over the coming week will convince the doubters of the importance of our naval architects in the overall scheme of maritime things.
- Viktor Chernomyrdin – Russian-built 25MW diesel-electric icebreaker for Baltic Sea
- Highly versatile, deep-diving submarine rescue vehicle for Vietnam People’s Navy
- Suraxani – Azerbaijani tanker rebuilt as floating museum and restaurant
News, Gear, and Book Reviews:
- Bamford operator takes delivery of wheelchair-accessible fishing boat
- CMAL awards contract for new hydrogen-fueled ferry for Orkney Islands
- South Korean shipyard to form shipbuilding R&D council with global partners
- Louisiana shipyard submits proposal to build offshore patrol cutters for US Coast Guard
- Italian builder lays keel for second ship in series for MSC Cruises
- Philippines’ APFC adds two more catamaran ferries to fleet
- US Navy awards contract for design studies of new amphibious ship
- New VLCC delivered to Japanese owner
- French Caribbean operator orders new tug
- Norwegian design firm secures two vessel conversion contracts
- Callan Marine to acquire largest US-flagged TSHD
- Royal Navy receives new autonomous minehunting craft
- Japan’s third Mogami-class frigate hits the water
- Ukrainian Navy inks warship acquisition deal with UK MOD
- Suezmax tanker newbuild delivered to Imola Navigation
- Royal Thai Navy to get locally-built firefighting and oil recovery tug
- Norway’s Gollenes orders Danish-built 70m factory trawler
- Indian shipyard lays keel of tenth Talwar-class frigate
- Construction underway on new 22m inter-island ferry for Thai owner
- Second 108m freezer trawler for Okeanrybflot launched in Turkey
- Kiribati to operate 11th Australian-built Guardian-class patrol boat
- New river towboat delivered to Florida Marine Transporters
- US firm to supply UUVs to Royal New Zealand Navy
- Work Boat World Offshore Vessel Orders and Deliveries Roundup – June 22, 2021
- First steel cut for Pakistan Navy’s fourth MILGEM corvette
- BOOK REVIEW | Liberty Factory: The Untold Story of Henry Kaiser’s Oregon Shipyards
- GasLog welcomes third of four South Korean-built LNG carriers
- Keel laid for future US Navy littoral combat ship Cleveland
- Lengthened ferry rejoins Stena Line fleet
- Suez Canal Authority takes delivery of second CSD in series
- ClassNK grants AIP for Japanese concept design of LNG-fueled bulker
- Dutch firm unveils new low-emission workboat
Recent Important Features:
– “As regards shipping and shipbuilding, Australia has produced so many ‘firsts’.”
– by Kent Stewart, founder of maritime consultancy Maritime Engineers and Baird Maritime‘s resident expert on commercial shipping and the offshore industries
– “The conversion also entailed the construction of a new freezer hold of significant capacity.”
– “Shipbuilder Metallica Marine Consultancy, Aklan State University, and local regulatory body Maritime Industry Authority are working on a hybrid trimaran vessel that they expect will later see full operational use as a Ro-Pax ferry on routes in the Western Visayas and other nearby regions.”
– “Modifications include addition of a port rescue station with net recovery system, deck de-icing systems at the port and starboard pilot boarding stations, a hot water/steam system for power washing to de-ice the pilot boats when alongside in winter, and a new knuckle boom crane to service the port and starboard rigid inflatable boats.”
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Call for content!
Any news or views about the global maritime tourism, ferry and cruise industries? Send it through to [email protected] ASAP (between now and June 25), so we can add it to this current edition of Naval Architecture Week!
We are after:
- Vessels – Orders, new deliveries, under construction
- Gear – Latest innovations and technology in the naval architecture sector
- Interviews – Owners, operators, designers, builders etc.
- Reminiscences – Do you have any exciting, amusing or downright dangerous anecdotes from your time in the naval architecture world? (example here)
- Other – Any other relevant news