Innovation on the High Seas : The X-Bow
The need to conserve oil isn't limited to on-land travel. Ships of all sizes are being redesigned to increase efficiency and decrease oil consumption. The Ulstein X-Bow is just one of the innovations charged to help out.
The X-Bow, named for its "X" shape, comes in several sizes and can be manufactured to fit almost any ship. The design calls for laying the bow in a backward direction while also increasing the height. The vessel will be able to withstand more submersion as well as higher waves.
According to Ulstein, the benefits will also reach into the environment. The design reduces the amount of drag on the splitting end of the vessel. It also makes the hull distribute airflow more evenly. The reduction in drag and more efficient airflow will decrease the amount of fuel needed to maintain speed and decrease total transit time. The hull design will also increase stability in the open ocean and reduce the rolling sensation when on rougher waters.
The X-Bow also serves as a means of protection. The cargo is what makes money. If it arrives broken or damaged, you make no money. Ulstein's design drastically reduces the chances of deck movement and increases the amount of usable space for certain applications.
The Ulstein Group is also working on new designs for smaller applications and ways to improve the current design.