X-BOW – How it Started

When times are tough, it is still possible to nurture and grow good ideas. That’s the story behind the ULSTEIN X-BOW® hull line design, which upon its introduction in 2005 literally turned the image of the ship’s bow upside down. “The X-BOW was developed during 2003-2004 – one of the latest tough periods for the offshore industry – and revealed in 2005 together with the contract for the first vessel, ‘Bourbon Orca’, an anchor handling tug supply vessel for Bourbon Offshore Norway,” says Ulstein Group CEO Gunvor Ulstein. With a…

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Former Sub Designer Tells Naval Architects to Have Curiosity, Perseverance in Their Work

By Kelley Stirling John Leadmon, a former submarine designer, spoke about the history and future of submarine design for the second Rear Adm. David W. Taylor Naval Architecture Lecture Series at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division, March 8, in West Bethesda, Maryland. Leadmon was the director of submarine design and systems engineering for Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA 05U) from 1995-2007. Currently, he is a consultant to several organizations on strategic planning, program management, engineering and technology development of underwater vehicle design. The new, monthly Taylor lectures are proving…

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