Rolls-Royce introduces new unified ship design


Rolls-Royce has unveiled a new vessel design that seeks to optimise construction and operations without reducing the use of space onboard.

The new design is mainly intended to encourage global designers to recognise the potential different functionalities of the company's ships.

It comprises of four key features, including a knuckle line that slopes down towards the bow and links the new designs with older UT and NVC models.

A vertical side area and vertical upper stem has also been included in the new Rolls-Royce prototype, which simplify the design and decouples the hull form the superstructure.

Additionally, vessels built in accordance with the new design will have a topside sheer line with a small convex curvature. It is expected that ship operators will be able to modify these new features according to their requirements.

"Less is often more in ship design, and the new elements have been devised to ensure every Rolls-Royce ship is built for optimum performance and functionality."

Rolls-Royce Marine chief designer Martijn de Jonghsaid: “Less is often more in ship design, and while the new elements have been devised to ensure every Rolls-Royce ship is built for optimum performance and functionality, they will be distinguished by their clear angles, clean shapes and faces.

“We have evaluated the profile of the vessels to omit any unnecessary aspects, like excessive large windage areas, for instance. They will be easier to build as well.”

Rolls-Royce has already implemented its new design in the construction of various vessels, and a UT 540 windfarm based on the plan is expected to be delivered by Spain’s Gondon shipyard this October.


Image: Rolls-Royce unveils new ship design. Photo: courtesy of Rolls-Royce plc.