The designers visited the two platform supply vessels NAO Thunder and NAO Guardian, both of the ULSTEIN PX121 design, and the IMR vessel Seven Viking, of the ULSTEIN SX148 design. The trips lasted for 1 day, 4 days and 6 days, respectively. All vessels operate in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea.
In Ulstein Group, we are designing offshore vessels, we are building the vessels, and we also have interests in ship investments. The ship designers can watch their designs being constructed outside their office windows. However, they seldom get a chance to be on board the vessels when in operation. When on board, they'll get feedback directly from crews as well as making their own experiences.
"The weather was quite bad, but the vessel - as well as us designers - coped splendidly," comments Torgrim Driveklepp, senior designer hydrodynamics, who spent six days on the 'Seven Viking'.
“All our people who attended these trips experienced the vessels’ movements when it’s getting really choppy. I characterize us as ‘lucky’ when getting the opportunity to visit the vessels in rough winterly weather,” comments design manager Frode Sollid. He continues:
“The experience gained is of incredible value to us in the further development of our designs and solutions. Now is time to make our well-reputed offshore vessels even better.”
Co-partner Snorre Hjelset from Oslo School of Architecture and Design was on board all three trips, while design manager in Ulstein Design & Solutions AS, Frode Sollid, was responsible for the planning and implementation of all three field trips.