The UK-based engineering company Rolls-Royce has radically overhauled its vessel design philosophy in a bid to optimise construction and operations without reducing the use of space on board.
The new unified ship design incorporates four key features in each design, including a knuckle line that slopes down towards the bow and links the new designs with older UT and NVC designs.
Other features are a vertical side area and vertical upper stem which simplify the design and decouples the hull form from the superstructure. The vessels will also have a topside sheer line with a small convex curvature. These features will be present in all the designs in some form, but can be modified depending on the ship type, according to Rolls-Royce.
Decoupling the hull design from the superstructure and other design elements minimises complex double curvature plating, common to many vessels, which is difficult and time-consuming to fabricate.
Rolls-Royce said the use of flat plate or single curvature plating will be increased, simplifying construction and reducing the time each ship takes to build.