Strategically placed at the front of the ship, the bulb shapes the course of the water, cleaving the waves with a special grace. This master of hydrodynamics reduces the force with which water opposes the ship's forward motion, thereby saving precious fuel. This technological solution allows an increase in the speed of travel by about 7-10%, thus reducing the operating costs of the vessel.
In rough waters, it becomes a reliable ally, giving the ship impressive stability, minimizing rocking and improving maneuverability.
In the assembly phase, it was key to create and preserve an impeccable flatness of the structure, the section being built on the transversal wall at the stern. Due to the significant height, every millimeter counted; any deviation from perfect flatness could have created a domino effect, disrupting the verticality of the central member and, by extension, compromising the precise alignment of the entire assembly of transverse and longitudinal members.
A major challenge was the installation of the outer cladding sheets, of different thicknesses and with double curvature, where our elite foremen, together with our experienced fitters, displayed exceptional technical mastery and accuracy, demonstrating extraordinary skill.
Our top welders were also put to a remarkable challenge due to the extremely confined spaces they had to work in, as well as the considerable volume of welding checked using NDT (Non-Destructive Testing) techniques.
In an amazing display of efficiency, the section was erected without delay, even in the midst of strong wind and torrential rain in a surprisingly short time and with remarkable accuracy, meeting the client's deadline.
Minerva Navis triumphed in the face of this exceptional challenge, successfully completing the work within the deadline set by the site. Our success was remarkable, considering the complexity and difficulty of the operations carried out. Moreover, the work was accepted without any comments by both the Certification Class and the client. This not only confirms our technical competence, but also our commitment to deliver high quality results in shipbuilding. Minerva Navis remains true to its value of excellence.