In a recent project at Rolls-Royce Marine Norway, an innovative SWATH (Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull) hull form was investigated as an SOV (Service Operation Vessel), optimized and compared to operating monohull SOVs. The hull form was idealized by members of Rolls-Royce and inspired by semi-submersible platforms and SWATH vessels. The alternative hull claims to allow the reduction of the vessel size, currently a request from shipowners, whilst maintaining the ability to operate in rough seas.
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