Ulstein X-Bow series

Posted: 1 December, 2008 by SeaBart in special, ugly
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Image via Ulstein Webpage

Image via Ulstein Webpage

Picture by Olaf Moen via www.tugspotters.com

Picture by Olaf Moen via http://www.tugspotters.com

Ulstein X-bow series

Build : from 2006 on by various shipyards

What you see here is a totally new concept, a brand new design idea, innovative & thinking outside the box. Ulstein themselves say that the idea for this type of bow was inspired by the typical bow of ancient Viking sailing vessels

The opinions of my seafaring colleagues are very mixed, one likes it, the other doesn’t, the third says it looks ridiculous etc etc…and for me: I don’t know: the jury is still out, discussing the case.

Sometimes I do think that the vessels look like they have gone full-speed head-on into a very-very-very hard wall. But the professional (kuch-kuch) in me is really curious if this shape of the hull really makes a difference.

Picture by LarsG via www.photosight.org/

Picture by LarsG via http://www.photosight.org/

For now I’ll leave it in the middle: Half-ugly! And what’s your honorable opinion??

Anyway: let the pics speak for themselves. And for more info & pics go to the Ulstein website or just do a Google.

  1. lilthery says:

    you know the x-bow fascinates me.. I hope they can design cruise, ro-pax and yacht versions of it…

  2. Kje says:

    It’s actually really a cool, new design for offshore ships. not uglu at all.

  3. Please also have a look at http://www.ulsteinlab.com for pics and vids…

  4. Eric says:

    DCNS has actually now come out with an inverted bow designed frigate warship , looks pretty cool too .

  5. seabart says:

    Have u got pics?? or a link?

  6. Nice site one of the best of net. I’m working for BOA ships.

  7. Sam says:

    I’m with you guys! I thinks they look great, I can see why they Chose that design!

  8. Slavi Sha says:

    Totally new, innovative & thinking outside the box?
    These boats have been crossing the Med since the age of Ancient Greece and Roman mepire, and still do:

  9. Frankie says:

    If you really want to know where Ulstein got the inspiration for the X-bow from, take a look at this: http://www.oilpubs.com/oso/article.asp?v1=4590
    This was designed before Ulstein started their campaign for finding something ‘different’. They confessed to me that they at the time had the ERAM web page open, and ‘borrowed’ inspiration from there.
    When that is said, it is a fact that Ulstein managed to make it a commersial success in a time where very few offshore ships were built, while the ERAM was forgotten. That counts, too.

  10. IngeK says:

    I work here, fantastic!!!!

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