Since the wind is always against (according to some) it probably reduce the wind resistance.
It was a trend to round off the superstructure front for some years for the same reason.
It appears that reducing the superstructure profile should do the same, if not more to save fuel/maintain speed.
08 November 2021 - 49,924mtdw, Norwegian flag (Nis) open hatch cargo ship “STAR KIRKENES” discharging wind turbine blades at Port of Longview, Washington on the Columbia River. The 208.78m x 32.25m x 19.50m depth / 12.34m max draft ship was built 2009 / 2010 by Hyundai Mipo Dockyard. Ship is owned by Grieg International and operated / managed by G2 Ocean AS. Previous port of call was Busan, Korea.
Photo Bob Beegle (c)
No it’s not you. It’s a design of Irish Ferry re-designed by politicians and a battalion of consultants, mostly accountants and lawyers, to built a vessel to provide amphibious support to our army in very calm conditions.
So far it has supported two towns that were isolated after two major earthquakes and provided assistance to pacific islands after hurricanes.
I suspect that her battle honours will be pretty well unchanged in another 15 years time.
U.S. flagged general cargo ship OCEAN GRAND carrying two U.S. Coast Guard cutters, sails in the Dardanelles, on its way to the Black Sea, in Canakkale,Turkey November 20, 2021.
Photo: REUTERS/Yoruk Isik