Welcome to Naval Architecture Week!
This is probably my favourite Baird Maritime Feature Week as we get to learn about the wonderful and innovative ideas that are being incorporated in the world’s next crop of ships and boats.
Pretty much globally, we are seeing a focus on environmental concerns to the point that I sometimes think they are becoming all-consuming. While environmental and economic factors do tend to inter-relate, I do hope that the world’s naval architects do not neglect the importance of safety and economy in their designs.
Design • Testing • Analysis • Software • Engineering
The wind farm service sector is receiving considerable attention at present and we can only hope that the currently booming sector does not soon fall in the heap that inevitably follows such booms. It is, of course, inspiring some very imaginative and innovative thinking among designers. This month’s Naval Architecture Week will present some impressive examples from a large Turkish-built SWATH wind farm service vessel (WFSV) to some Australian-designed, Danish-built WFSVs. It’s all very exciting.
Also exciting from our old French/Chinese friends ODC Marine in Dalian is a fast cargo/passenger adaptation of their lovely and well proven 19.4-metre tourist vessel design. We go from there to a massive 84-metre AHTS from Turkey’s famed Tersan Shipyard. It is really good to see a large and powerful OSV after such a long drought.
It’s set to be an interesting week with much to see and much to learn here on Baird Maritime.
- Kai Shiuan 8 – Fast 388-pax catamaran to serve Taiwan inter-island routes
- Banaderos Express – Second 118m fast trimaran ferry for Fred Olsen Express’ Canary Islands sailings
- Groenewind – DEME enters windfarm maintenance sector with new SWATH vessel
- Amherst Islander II – Hybrid electric Ro-Pax debuts on Lake Ontario
- Singing River Island – Fast, durable pilot boat designed for Mississippi’s Pascagoula Channel
- HST Ella – New 26m hybrid windfarm crewboat for Welsh operator
- MHO Asgard – Danish-owned fast crewboat pair to serve Hornsea Two wind farm
- Pilot 24 – Finnish-built pilot launch for Gdansk operator
- National Geographic Resolution – Lindblad Expeditions welcomes second polar ship in series
- Grotte – Battery-powered double-ended Ro-Pax for Denmark’s Fanolinjen
- Antonia D – Mid-sea freezer trawler delivered to Argentina’s SAFA
- Green Power – New hybrid tour boat for Venice Lagoon
- Xin Shengtai – Shanghai operator adds low-emission inter-island ferry to fleet
- Sayan Prince – Large AHTS enters service with Cyprus’ Sevnor
- Yara Birkeland – Electric containership to be fitted with autonomous sailing capability
- Raging Bull – Custom-built boat takes on rock lobster fishing off South Australia
- Mantaray – Versatile pilot boat to serve Queensland’s Port of Townsville
News and Gear:
- COSCO, China National Petroleum place orders for LNG carrier trio
- US Navy commissions destroyer Daniel Inouye
- Finnish builder delivers new polar expedition ship to Swan Hellenic
- Quebec yard to build combination crabber/trawler for Listuguj Mi’gmaq First Nation
- Work Boat World Offshore Vessel Orders and Deliveries Roundup – December 10, 2021
- Queensland’s Poseidon Sea Pilots takes delivery of new boat
- French yard launches first of 20 new patrol boats for Ukraine border guard
- Auckland ferry operator orders electric 299-pax catamaran
- Sea trials begin for new 94m patrol vessel for Philippine Coast Guard
- Turkish tug builder acquires third shipyard
- Russian inland cruise ship Pyotr Velikiy begins builder’s trials
- Spanish yard launches final one of five corvettes for Saudi Arabia
- Boluda Towage orders pilot boat trio for Morocco operations
- Arkhangelsk Trawl Fleet’s fourth Project KMT01 vessel floated out
- Construction begins on US Navy expeditionary sea base Robert E. Simanek
- Norwegian firm to design ammonia-fueled tanker for Grieg Edge
- Keel laid for first of 12 new minehunters under joint Belgian-Dutch program
- US Navy takes delivery of destroyer Frank E. Petersen Jr.
- First in new series of response boats delivered to Philippine Bureau of Fire Protection
- New rescue and patrol boat delivered to San Carlos City, Philippines
Recent Important Features:
COLUMN | What kind of tugs should we be building? [Tug Times]
– “It will be difficult for the shipping lines to keep using conventional tugs when a non-polluting option is available, even if it costs more.”
– by Alan Loynd, former General Manager of the Hong Kong Salvage and Towage Company
COLUMN | The Type 26 Global Combat Ship: a transnational project [Naval Gazing]
– “It is hoped that the sharing of a common design will result in cost savings, particularly by the pooled production of vital components.”
– by Trevor Hollingsbee, retired UK Royal Navy officer and Baird Maritime’s maritime security expert and columnist
Remember to come back every day to see the latest news, opinion and vessel reviews!
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 December 10), 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
Co-founder and former Editor-in-Chief of Baird Maritime and Work Boat World magazine, Neil has travelled the length and breadth of this planet in over 40 years in the business. He knows the global work boat industry better than anyone.