Dutch breakbulk and project carrier Spliethoff is experimenting with a new bulbous design to improve the efficiency of its recently acquired fleet of P-Type heavy-lift vessels. The “nose job” is intended to optimise fuel consumption for lower draughts. ...
In recent years, the Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (MARIN) investigated the potential of a Rankine source code to predict the added resistance of ships in waves. In addition to investigation of accuracy issues inherent to the measured wave added resistance,...
As a test case, the small passenger vessel Valais has undergone an energy-saving retrofit. The ship was fitted with a Hull Vane, a kind of spoiler located under water, a bulbous bow and the engines were replaced. Tests were then conducted which showed fuel consumption...
In China, construction has started on the first two of a series of nine container ships for CMA CGM. At 22,500 TEU, these will be the largest in the shipping company’s fleet. Just like the old days, these ships will be built without a bulbous bow. Almost all...
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