The Future of Shipbuilding


The new PSV 09 CD design, optimized for eco-drive in all weather conditions

What you see above is future of ship building.  STX Europe is the leading company in green shipbuilding.  Their latest ships feature designs that with high sea performance through a variety of weather and conditions, low fuel consumption,  and environmental friendly operations. The patent pending hull designs are optimized for reduced fuel consumption and designed with high focus on reduction of water resistance in various conditions.


But before you say “well designs and concepts are great but they don’t do us any good if they are never built”, Deep Sea Supply has awarded STX Europe a contract for the design and building of a Platform Supply Vessel (top).  A cruise ship with a 30% smaller carbon footprint (middle) is also in sea trials. STX appears very serious about this direction forward as the design effort is the most extensive for any cruise ship.  The most visually stunning design is the EOSEAS, a cruise ship outfitted with 5 large sails with 13 square meters of area (bottom).


Eoseas is a 305 meters long and 60 meters wide five hulled ship.

Of course this is only way way forward.  The other? 600,000 metric ton megaships

Gigantic megaships that rival anything afloat could help energy giant Shell drink the proverbial milkshake by tapping undersea gas fields worldwide. They can also safely ignore nature’s wrath and [weather] while continuing gas sucking operations.  The Floating Liquid Natural Gas (FLNG) ships would weigh in at 600,000 metric tons and extend 480 meters long, the largest ships ever built.

Dr. M (1801 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Executive Director of the Lousiana University Marine Consortium. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Additionally, Craig is obsessed with the size of things. Sometimes this translated into actually scientific research. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (, a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.

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