If you now are sitting in front of your computer screen wondering where you have seen this shape before, don’t worry: it’s probably here on this site. For years we have been ridiculing the socalled X-bows, (See here, here, there & here) and this looks (to me at least) like a cheap angular variant of the abhorred X-bow (which incidentally is pronounced as Cross-Bow).
The UAL Africa (IMO ??), now being built by Bodewes Shipyards in Hoogezand – The Netherlands, nr 760 is the first vessel in the world to be equipped with such a knock-off bow. Isn’t she the lucky one?
According to the website of the designers the implementation of this bow will reduce the fuel-consumption, increase the service speed, save the world & money and trees will grow at sea because of the greeness of this design.
More ships will be build with this bow as the spear-point (get-it?) of their design.
Especially those live-stock carriers should be a hit with the lovers of the particular designs promoted here on this site. The stench & the looks! And I was afraid that a a certain point in the near future I would be running out of victims to slaughter here.
Anyway: for those getting nervous now: no, we will not stop bashing the ORIGINAL X-bow design, those ships will remain a good victim of ridicule, we will merely add these Cross-bows to our database of ugly ships and they will get as much attention as the others, I’m not picking sides!
More information about these type of bows can be found HERE on the website of the designers.