Bureau Veritas innovates in support of PAX ship market
Picture yourself on the new cruise ship Le Lapérouse, sitting in its Blue Eye lounge, where wide windows offer you stunning visions of undersea life. This breathtaking experience is part of Ponant’s new BV-classed Explorer series of cruise lines, which was delivered by Vard in June.
Bureau Veritas helped make the Blue Eye reality with strength analysis and risk assessment for the windows, which are situated 2.5 m below the waterline. The project involved a multi-disciplinary team-based risk analysis led by Bureau Veritas experts.
The Blue Eye work is just one of many ways that Bureau Veritas is taking a leadership role in classification for the expedition cruise market sector. In Spring 2018, steel cutting of the newbuilding for Sunstone took place at CMHI shipyard in China. Classed by Bureau Veritas, it is the first cruise ship built by CMHI, and is based on the Ulstein CX 103 design.
Meanwhile, MSC and Chantiers de l’Atlantique announced that a fifth Meraviglia class ship and two new World class ships have been ordered to BV class. All will be LNG-fueled. This World class series will feature an innovative straight bow to further improve stability and guest comfort. In addition, it has state of the art navigational equipment in anticipation of forthcoming safety rules. With the assignment of the Bureau Veritas HYBRID READY notation, energy storage systems can be installed in the future.
The first World class ship will be delivered in 2022.
The cruise ship market overall is booming: there are now 112 passenger ship newbuildings on order, with deliveries scheduled as far out as 2027. The orderbook can be currently divided into two streams: large vessels over 100k GT; and expedition vessels, of which there are now 30 on order.