Has anyone noticed that the WB has more ptich and movement,even in in calm seas, than Ulysses or the departed OW?
Was on the WB last night,and she really copes well on the shorter Irish sea route, very quick unloading is great.
I have heard reports of some interesting movement and particularly ďslammingĒ. Canít talk from personal experience mind. Her hull form is based on that used on the freighters though. Perhaps with its low drag coefficient itís more designed for economy than comfort? Of course itís all subjective and no two crossings are going to be exactly the same. Some hulls will obviously cope with certain conditions than others.
Going on thread title I just thought I'd add this in - Travelled late September on the WB to Cherbourg - the sailing was delayed both ways unfortunately by as much as 8 hours going out - It was only my second time on the WB Yeats but I have traveled to France frequently on the Oscar Wilde in the past. I have never experienced such a rough crossing, in all the times I've travelled and that includes winter storms. The ship just doesn't seem able to cope in high seas and there were literally items flying around the cabin - It looks like the WB Yeats has been taken off route from now until March, I wonder is it simply because the ship isn't suitable for this journey?
I am not sure I agree. I experienced WBY taking on 3--3.5 metre waves in a near gale and I thought she coped very well.On a related topic I have often wondered how it is possible to accurately model the stability of a ship at design stage.
A combination of computer modelling (FSG have their own software for this), extensive tank testing, and experience. Itís also something theyíll look at in trials once she is built of course, but itís a bit late to make massive changes then!
While FSG donít have huge experience designing large Ro-Paxís (apart from Norrona which copes with a lot more than most ferries in terms of sea conditions), ICGís consultant (OSK Shiptech) do. One issue with the latest build is that the guy that was in charge of the design (and that of the other Ro-Paxís theyíve built) has jumped ship. Twice! He and two other former senior managers at FSG have set up a rival naval architecture firm in Flensburg. On that point, part of the strategy at FSG now is to offer design services for vessels being built elsewhere.