Sunday, April 25, 2010

A big nose

This big guy was docked behind us today.
I was thinking, if that ship had a hole in it, would that small oil boom contain the millions of gallons of oil that would come gushing out of that hull?
Here's a closeup of one of it's anchors.
See the little squiggly line under the anchor?

That's the symbol meaning that this ship has a Bulbous Bow.
Below is a profile shot of what I am talking about.

In case your wondering, the purpose is to make the ship more efficient, decreasing the drag caused by the normal movement of the water around the hull.
Ships that have these Bulbous Bows increase their speed through the water and decrease the amount of fuel burned.
All of this makes for a happy ship owner.
And that's all that really matters, isn't it?

When that ship is loaded, the Bulbous Bow will be underwater and not see by smaller boats, like tug boats. The black paint is the water line.
That's the purpose of the squiggly lines on the bow.
A warning.


Frau said...

Cool shots and interesting info! That is one big ass boat! Have a great week!

slommler said...

Wow! That is some boat! I never knew that?! Very interesting!

Barefoot from Heaven said...

How smart.
Thanks for the lesson here.
See you around boatyman.

dcpeg said...

Ha! I've always thought those bulbous boats looked goofy. They still do, but at least now I know the design makes sense. Thanks!

Marilyn said...

Fascinating! I guess those little boats won't want to get too close.

Jerral Miles said...

Glad to get the information about the bulb nose... Margaret and I did a round-the-world trip on the QE II in 2005...saw hundreds of them and assumed there was some kind of guidance system hidden in there. Now I know. Thanks.