Start-up of the Olympic CSOV shipbuilding projects
CSOV vessels underway: The steel cutting ceremony of Ulstein Verft’s yard number 318 was carried out today at the hull yard, Crist, on 18 November 2022. The vessel is the first of two offshore wind newbuilds for the Norway-based shipowner Olympic, and both are planned for delivery in 2024.
Windea Leibniz upgrade - Widening the operational scope in offshore wind
The SOV vessel Windea Leibniz returns to Ulstein Verft for an upgrade. After installation of an adjustable pedestal for the gangway, and a 50 per cent increase of single cabins for charterers, the vessel will be ready for assignments in the Baltic Sea as well as the North Sea, and with a status as a CSOV.
Captain's feedback - The ‘wow’ factor of the ‘National Geographic Endurance'
After decades working for the company, Captain Leif Skog is an institution in Lindblad Expeditions. He has sailed several trips on the 'National Geographic Endurance' and he shares his experience: - the X-BOW® is a new design in cruise, but I was not in doubt that this bow would be just the right solution for us.
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VOC capture to decarbonise shipping
VOC capture and utilization during loading of crude oil tankers is an important contribution to decarbonisation of shipping. Vaholmen has the solution for avoiding between 60-80% of the emissions during loading operation at offshore terminals, bringing the hydrocarbons back into the loop and realising its values.
Is Thor’s superpower shipping’s silver bullet?
Ulstein’s announcement of a Thorium-powered ship created massive interest in the market. As shipbuilders and designers, we are looking to take this concept from the drawing board to the deep blue sea. Is this the solution that industry, and society, have been searching for to enable a truly sustainable maritime future?
Zero carbon shipping: The complex choice of alternative fuels
The energy transition is on. The shipping industry is working to reduce carbon footprint, or even better, to reach zero emission. Several new energy sources are evaluated, such as LNG, methanol, ammonia, hydrogen, biofuels and batteries. As a shipowner, you know you must act. But which fuel type is the right choice?
The TWIN X-STERN design provides fuel savings and maximum manoeuvrability
Ulstein has developed a ship with two sterns and main propeller units in each corner, ideally for offshore operations requiring continuous positioning. “The TWIN X-STERN is extremely manoeuvrable, comfortable to be on board and very environmentally friendly,” says Øyvind Gjerde Kamsvåg, Chief Designer at Ulstein.
Roadmap to a hydrogen future
Following the introduction of our first hydrogen fuelled, zero emission design in 2019, we now reveal our vision towards a marine hydrogen future. Where the ULSTEIN SX190 showcased that zero emission ships can be realised with today’s off-the-shelf technology, we now map the way to a hydrogen fuelled marine industry.
Covering the entire life span of offshore wind farms
The urgent push for more renewable energy production to achieve climate goals translates into many new offshore wind projects. Simultaneously, ambitious climate goals also call for vessels to be developed with solutions for zero-emission operations.
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Enabling cruise ships to run emission-free for 12 hours
In order to comply with regulations, as well as minimise environmental impact, cruise operators will need new technical solutions. The ULSTEIN ZED power system allows cruise operators to visit vulnerable and protected areas without greenhouse gas emissions and local pollution.
'Alfa Lift' – the smart design for offshore wind installations
Ulstein has ship solutions for all phases in the life of offshore wind farms. One of these is the foundation installation vessel 'Seaway Alfa Lift'. Custom-designed by Ulstein, she will serve the early development stage of new offshore wind farms, starting with the Dogger Bank Wind Farm.
Batteries for offshore wind vessel
In cooperation with shipowner Bernhard Schulte, Ulstein Design & Solutions has designed a diesel-electric propulsion system assisted by batteries to reduce operating hours on the main engines, save fuel and reduce environmental footprint. The hybrid system has been installed on the WINDEA JULES VERNE at Ulstein Verft.
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The X-BOW, X-STERN and TWIN X-STERN are examples of innovations from Ulstein, all in their way improving seakeeping, comfort and safety, and reducing fuel consumption.Innovative solutions
"The X-STERN met all our expectations. It is amazing to see a vessel going backwards in bad weather without slamming or spray on deck."X-STERN®
Statements from X-BOW® users
With feedback like ‘amazing experience’ and’ 'I’ll never again work on any other type of vessel in winter’ being stated by crews on X-BOW® vessels, it is hard to ignore the impact this hull innovation has had since it first appeared in 2005.More statements
Ship designers who dare to challenge
Our ship designers share a mission of innovation, to challenge the established truth and to come up with solutions that enhance the customers' value.See how they do it