X-BOW cracks the 100 vessels mark

Friday, 16 January, 2015 - 10:30
100 sold vessels in ten years – that’s Ulstein’s track record with the X-BOW. (Graphic: Ulstein)
100 sold vessels in ten years – that’s Ulstein’s track record with the X-BOW. (Graphic: Ulstein)

With the latest contract for two offshore wind service vessels for Bernhard Schulte/Windea Offshore, shipbuilder Ulstein has achieved 100 sales of the X-BOW hull line design. The milestone was achieved 10 years after the launch of the X-BOW design in 2005.

Years ago, following the sales of the second and third ship designs featuring X-BOW, Group CEO Gunvor Ulstein was asked whether the hull design was now a success. “Come back when we've sold 100!” Gunvor said in reply. Now, the moment has arrived. The company just sold its 99th and 100th X-BOW to Windea shareholder Bernhard Schulte, Hamburg. The vessels will sail in a long-term charter contract for Siemens.

“We can now see that X-BOW has been a huge success in the more recent history of Ulstein. When we sold our UT design to Rolls-Royce in 1999, we decided to build a new design portfolio and quickly came up with the concept for the new hull design,” says Deputy Group CEO, Tore Ulstein. He is also Head of Markets & Innovation at Ulstein.

“Tank testing showed that this was something worth investing in,” explains Tore Ulstein, before continuing: “The characteristics of the first ships with this hull design allowed them to sail in heavy seas at higher speeds, or to maintain their speed while consuming less fuel. At the same time, you avoided bow impact from waves, which increases comfort for the crew on board. Also, the waves do not climb over the top of the hull. Also, there is less spray being generated, meaning there is less ice formation in cold waters – something that is very important from a safety perspective,” he explains.

Katharina Garus

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