How to build a cruise system from scratch
A new kind of cruise system could be coming to market in about five years, thanks to a new wave of technologies that are enabling a new kind “of shipbuilding,” says Ron Derr, chief executive officer of Cruise Systems Alliance.
“The idea is, the idea is to build from scratch, to take what the shipbuilding industry is doing and put it into something a little bit more capable, and it could really change the way we build ships.”
Cruise’s first ship, the cruise systems engineer, or CSX, is a prototype of a shipbuilder’s dream: a ship capable of performing its functions in just a few hours and then returning home in about two weeks.
The CSX’s unique design, called a high-speed vessel, has been developed by the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center in Newport News, Virginia, and built by the Naval Surface Systems Engineering Center, a consortium of Navy shipbuilders.
“There are about a dozen of these vessels out there now,” says Derr.
“A couple of hundred have been built and are still in the field.”
Derr points to a recent design competition sponsored by Cruise that showed off a ship with a full complement of passengers and crew.
Cruises are designed to be small enough to fit into an ocean container but powerful enough to withstand extreme weather and the stresses of ship operations.
“That’s a really good thing,” Derr says.
“They can operate in the harsh environment of the oceans for months at a time, which we don’t normally do with cargo ships.”
Cruise ships are a major threat to the shipping industry, but the CSX is the first of its kind designed to operate in a low-pressure environment and the first ship designed specifically for this purpose.
Cruising is a relatively new discipline in shipbuilding.
“I think that was probably in the ’80s, the ’90s, that the shipbuilders, the designers were saying, ‘We can’t build a ship anymore if it’s too big,'” Derr explains.
“But now, as more and more ships are being built in this low pressure environment, you’ve got a ship like the CSx that has enough power to run for years.
It has the power to get away in a hurricane.
It’s got the power in the event of an earthquake.”
Cruises and cargo ship construction The CSx is not the only new ship in this category, but it is one of the first ones to go into production.
Cruise has also recently launched the Cruising Series 2, a new design with a smaller, lighter version of the ship and a new hull design.
Cruizing Series 2 is currently undergoing tests in the Navy’s new Navy-run shipyard at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia.
The new ship will be launched in 2018, and the CS2 will join the existing CS1 and CS2 class of cruise ships in the fleet.
The shipyard is not expected to ship out all of the CS1 class until 2027, but Cruise plans to start production of all of them before that time, too.
Cruisers that have already been built have received the first official training on high-pressure vessels and have become an integral part of the Navy.
“Cruises are going to be a big part of our future,” Derm says.
In the near future, Cruises will begin to make the ship more robust by making the hull lighter and the power unit larger, and by installing new propulsion systems, as well as upgrades to the ship’s engines and other subsystems.
Cruizes have also been adapted to operate more quickly and at lower speeds.
The engine has been modified to reduce engine power consumption, while the ship will use two engines to power its propulsion systems.
Cruisetech also has developed a propulsion system that can reduce ship speed by more than half and use less fuel.
Cruiser ships can also be equipped with the latest in computer systems that enable ship operations to be more efficient.
Cruity plans to roll out new versions of its ship designs over the next few years.
“We want to make sure we’re doing it right,” Darm says.
But while the CS-2 and CS-3 are the most recent versions of Cruises ships, the CS3 is the only one that has been built by a single shipbuilder.
That’s because it was built at Naval Shipyard Norfolk, a Navy shipyard that is currently in the process of being closed.
The Navy’s ships are designed with one or more designers working in parallel to complete the ship, but there are several reasons why the ship is being built by different companies, including the fact that the Navy is still trying to find the best shipbuilder for each ship type, Derm explains.
The most common reason is because the Navy wants to find a ship that is as efficient as possible, Darm explains.
Cruised ships have a long list of systems that have to be implemented in parallel, and that