Blohm + Voss Shortens Sea-Land Ships, Gels QE2

A technically demanding contract was signed by Blohm + Voss in March, a contract which calls for the shortening of three Sea-Land Atlantic Class Vessels (ACV), the Galveston Bay, Sea-Land Value and Raleigh Bay (see photo, page 25).

Each of the ships are being shortened by three midship sections, and more importantly, are being given a new, streamlined bow structure.

With the help of Hamburg Shipbuilding Research Institute (HSVA), which was involved in the hydrodynamic calculations and planning of the work, the design will make each ship three knots faster, raising the speed from 18 to 21 knots.

The additional speed will also be the result of an additional 4,000 kW of power provided to the propeller shaft, power supplied by a diesel generator and to the drive train via an electric motor and a gear coupled to the propeller shaft.

Blohm + Voss recently won another high-profile contract of late, tapped by Cunard Line to renew and modernize the QE2.

Expected to be in the yard from November 20 to December 14, the renewal will total around $45 million for the yard.

On the newbuild side, Blohm + Voss has dedicated considerable attention to the fast transport market, with SES and Fast Monohull designs.

Particular effort has gone to making these designs more efficient and stable than the many competitors currently on the market.

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