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Offshore vessels’s bow

Student: Ontelus Claudiu Vasilie

Grupa 2143

Profesor : Pacuraru Sorina

Offshore vessels
 Offshore vessels are ships that specifically
serve operational purposes such as oil
exploration and construction work at the high
seas. There are a variety of offshore vessels,
which not only help in exploration and drilling
of oil but also for providing necessary supplies
to the excavation and construction units located
at the high seas.
 Offshore ships also provide the transiting
and relieving of crewing personnel to and from
the high seas’ operational arenas, as and when
They can be mainly classified into the following
main groups:
 Oil Exploration and Drilling Vessels
 Offshore Support Vessels
 Offshore Production Vessels
 Construction/Special Purpose Vessels
Each of this category comprise of a variety of
Oil exploration vessels, as the name suggests, help
in exploration and drilling of oil at high seas. The
main types of exploration vessels are:
 Drill ship
 Jack Up Vessels
 Semi-submersible Vessels
 Offshore barge
 Floating Platforms
 Tenders

Offshore Support Vessels

Offshore supply vessels transport the required
structural components to the designated high seas
sector along with providing assistance to supply
freight as well. The constructional aspect of these
vessels can be purpose-built to suit the operational
Some of the main types of offshore support vessels
 Anchor Handling Tug Vessel (AHTV)
 Seismic Vessel
 Platform Supply Vessels (PSVs)
 Well Intervention Vessel
 Accommodation Ships

Offshore Production Vessels

Offshore production vessels refer to those vessels
that help in the production processes in the drilling
units in the high seas. FPSOs (Floating, Production,
Storage and Offloading) can be enumerated as an
example of these types of offshore ships. Main
types of these vessels are:
 Single Point Anchor Reservoir (SPAR)
 Floating Production Storage and Offloading
 Shuttle Tankers
 Tension Leg Platform (TLP)

Offshore Construction Vessel

Ships that primarily aid in the construction of
various high seas structures are known as offshore
construction vessels.
Other offshore vessels’ of these type also include
those that provide anchorage and tugging
assistance and those kinds of ships that help in the
positioning of deep sub-water cable and piping
Main types are:
 Diving Support Vessel
 Crane Vessel
 Pipe Laying Vessel

The ULSTEIN X-BOW (the inverted bow)

 The ULSTEIN X-BOW, the inverted bow
concept, redefined marine engineering. The
bow concept was launched in 2005, together
with the first shipbuilding contract, and gained
immediate interest from shipowners. The X-
BOW hull line design has been tried in all
weather conditions.
 The X-BOW (and later, the X-STERN) is one
of ULSTEIN's main contributions to maritime
history. X-BOW vessels are being built at
shipyards on many continents. Currently, more
than 100 vessels with this bow concept are
being constructed or in operational work
around the world.
 Though mainly used for offshore support
and supply vessels, the X bow design has seen a
considerable increase in demand across various
types of vessels and are now designed even for
container and naval ships.


 Improved power efficiency
 Soft entry in waves
 Very low levels of noise and vibrations
 Reduced bow impact and slamming
 Reduced wave-induced vibrations
 Improved resting time
 Lower acceleration levels
 Lower pitch response due to volume
 More enjoyable on board conditions
 Lower speed loss